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ASPCA rescues 80 dogs, malnourished animals from Raeford animal shelter

Posted July 22

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— The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals assisted in rescuing more than 80 dogs from an animal shelter in Raeford Thursday afternoon, at the request of the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities discovered dogs, cats, horses, goats and birds on the property, and a veterinarian said they also discovered a horse that was later euthanized due to malnutrition.

“This is the second animal cruelty case in Hoke County that we’ve assisted with this year,” said Kathryn Destreza, director of investigations for ASPCA field investigations and response. “We’re pleased to offer assistance and resources to help local authorities address animal cruelty issues in their community. Our immediate goal is to provide medical care and behavioral enrichment for these neglected animals at our temporary shelter.”

Officials said the animals were kept in “filthy” kennels with no access to food or water, and many were suffering from untreated medical issues.

“These animals required our immediate attention,” said Capt. John Kivett with the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office. “We are committed to the safety of both the citizens and animals of Hoke County. We cannot and will not allow the intentional mistreatment of any living being within our jurisdiction. This investigation is ongoing and we ask that anyone with pertinent information contact the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office.”

Maureen Lee, the owner of the property, was arrested and charged with one count of felony animal cruelty. Officials said additional charges are pending following an investigation by the ASPCA Forensic Science team.

Officials said the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response team is providing medical attention to animals on the property in critical condition and will transport the dogs to a temporary shelter over the weekend; the farm animals were placed with a local veterinarian that will provide medical care and shelter.

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  • Kristi Howard Jul 22, 4:44 p.m.
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    Her land must be valuable, too.