A Lockport animal rescuer has agreed to allow the Niagara County SPCA to place most of the animals seized from her two properties earlier this week up for adoption, Amy Lewis, director of the SPCA, reported Thursday.
Bobbie Mael, who is being held in the Erie County Holding Center in Alden on unrelated charges, told SPCA officials she wished to keep only four of the 44 cats that were captured. She said, however, that she would not relinquish ownership of the 12 dogs that were seized. One dog, she claimed, was missing.
Mael, who is executive director of the Eastern Niagara Animal Welfare Alliance, an animal rescue agency, told SPCA officials that the animals and her homes on Willow Street and Lincoln Drive were in good condition when she left Jan. 15. She said her volunteer caretakers had been negligent.
Mael, who expects to be released from the holding center shortly, said she intends to keep operating the rescue service and that she has never been overwhelmed by the number of animals in her care. She invited the SPCA to make future inspections.