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SPCA of Niagara director announces plans to resign

Amy L. Lewis, who took over as executive director of the SPCA of Niagara at the beginning of 2012, when the organization was in the throes of an animal handling crisis, said Thursday she plans to resign, effective Aug. 31.

Lewis said in an interview that she intends to resume her education with hopes of becoming a veterinarian. In the meantime, the SPCA board has organized a search for her replacement.

She said the SPCA has added staff to spread some of the executive director's duties around.

"There's a certain amount of burnout in this job," Lewis said. "It's a good time for the shelter. ... The new person who comes in will concentrate on fundraising. The shelter's got big plans for the future."

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