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New board elected to SPCA of Niagara

Fifteen new board members were elected Tuesday night by members of the SPCA of Niagara.

The new board will hold its first meeting Tuesday. All of the former board members, who agreed to resign in the wake of a scandal over how animals were treated at the shelter, were replaced.

The five highest vote-getters, who won three-year terms, included AnnLouise Carosella, a volunteer at the shelter; David Urban, an accountant; Brian Barish, owner of a dog obedience school; Michelle Madigan, a shelter volunteer and controller for an employment agency; and Pamela Bruns, an SPCA foster parent.

The next five candidates, who won two-year terms, were Stephanie Ortel, a veterinary technician; Bob Richardson, a State Supreme Court law clerk; David Bower, a Niagara Falls police officer; Lawrence Eggert, Lockport police chief; and Andrew Bell, owner of a pet supply store.

The candidates who finished in positions 11 through 15 won one-year terms. They were Rachel Stepian, an Air Force member; Kristen Strobel, an SPCA volunteer; Susan Persico, a veterinarian; Kathy Lamont, a former teacher; and Karen Karsten, board chairwoman for the Seneca Gaming Corp.

Amy Lewis, interim executive director of the SPCA, said 120 of the SPCA's 368 members cast votes in Tuesday's election.