WHEATFIELD – After several incidents of vandalism at the animal shelter, the SPCA of Niagara has made the move to provide greater protection for the site by installing eight high-tech security cameras.

A group of volunteers installed the cameras Sunday at the shelter at 2100 Lockport Road, as well as the equipment needed to monitor and record the activity from remote locations.

The cameras have high-resolution night vision to enable round-the-clock surveillance and augment the burglar and fire alarm systems already in place.

Security had been a concern in recent months after several incidents at the shelter, SPCA of Niagara officials said in a statement.

Last summer, during a fundraiser, someone broke into the shelter and opened the cages of several dogs with aggression issues.

Luckily, shelter dog-control officers were in the process of giving a tour and were able to secure the dogs.

Last week, a fire in a trash bin filled the stray-dog kennels with noxious smoke, which prompted the evacuation of all the animals in that area.

“We cannot imagine why anyone would want to put these poor animals in harm’s way,” SPCA of Niagara staff members said in a news release.

“The good news is, since cameras are installed, we can feel confident that everyone here will be protected.”

Funds to install the cameras were provided by an anonymous donor in memory of her friend Cheryl Ann Harrington Curry, an animal lover who passed away, according to the SPCA of Niagara.