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March 5, 2013

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The board is standing firmly by NCSPCA’s claim of official no-kill status. A shelter can claim the designation so long as its animal save rate is 90 percent or higher, Eggert said. A 100 percent save rate is “impossible,” he added; suffering and dying animals are euthanized.

As for the board’s decision to raise SPCA’s voting-membership fee, trustees aren’t saying too much in light of the pending litigation, but Eggert did suggest it passed muster with the agency’s new legal counsel, which includes an attorney who specializes in non-profit organization. Few if any non-profits in the area are run by dues-paying members, as that model doesn’t produce needed stability, he said.

Eggert also challenged Reese’s claim that SPCA members are supposed to approve any changes in bylaws. SPCA members with voting privileges get to elect trustees only, he said; the board votes on “administrative” matters including shelter management, the writing of standard operating procedures and bylaws.

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