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WHEATFIELD – The jobs of managing the business affairs of the SPCA of Niagara and operating the animal shelter have been divided, with the former president of the SPCA board taking over the business side.
Board spokesman Lawrence M. Eggert, the Lockport police chief, said Tuesday that Andrew Bell, owner of a pet supply store in Lewiston, has taken the title of executive director from Amy Lewis, who was signed to that job in June.
Lewis will now be known as the shelter director, Eggert said.
“We were really loading up Amy with work. She was doing the business thing and the animal thing, and she was working 16-hour days. We were burning her out,” Eggert said.
Bell’s business background will be a better fit for that side of the job, while Lewis will continue working toward the SPCA’s stated goal of operating a no-kill shelter, Eggert said. Lewis also will continue to have a hand in fundraising.
Bell will be paid about $50,000 a year and Lewis about $40,000, Eggert said.
Lewis, a Lockport resident who was working for the SPCA Serving Erie County as supervisor of admissions and rescue, became interim leader of the SPCA of Niagara Feb. 15, in the wake of a scandal over unnecessary killings of animals that led to the ouster of Executive Director John J. Faso.
Brian Barish, a certified police dog handler and chief of the Niagara County Civil Defense Police, moves up from vice president to president of the board. David Bower, a Niagara Falls police officer, is the new vice president, Eggert said.

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