Almost 600 animals are being removed from a North Carolina rescue in what is believed to be one of the biggest animal seizures conducted in 150 years following complaints of sick animals being adopted from the facility to the ASPCA, Fox Carolina News reported January 27.
“What we found today at this facility—self-described as ‘North Carolina’s most successful no-kill shelter’–isunacceptable… This is one of the largest animal seizures the ASPCA has ever conducted in our 150 years as an organization. We have a team of nearly 140 responders on the ground to remove and care for these hundreds of neglected animals who have clearly not been receiving adequate care. Our goal is to help them become healthy and ultimately find them homes.”
The Haven-Friends for Life operators Stephen and Linden Spear each face four counts of cruelty to animals and three counts of felony possession of a controlled substance. An illegal drug used on animals was also found on the property.
Assisting the ASPCA include Asheville Humane Society, Charleston Animal Society, Cumberland County Animal Services in Fayetteville, N.C.; Humane Society of Greater Savannah (Savannah, Ga.); Loving Friends Transport (Clear Water, Fla.); North Carolina Specialized Mobile Animal Rescue Team (Spring Lake, N.C.); Wake County Animal Center (Raleigh, N.C.); St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center (Madison, N.J.); Wayside Waifs (Kansas City, Mo.); and 808 Equine Rescue (Ewa Beach, Hawaii).