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Cumberland County receives ASPCA grant to assist in animal cruelty investigations

Posted January 28

More than 100 employees of the American Society for the Prevention of Animals were on hand in Hoke County Wednesday as Hoke County authorities raided an animal shelter. More than 600 animals, including dogs, cats and horses, were seized, and the shelter owners were charged with abuse. (Photo courtesy ASPCA)

— The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has awarded Cumberland County Animal Control a $5,843 grant to pay for the purchase of surveillance and safety equipment used in animal cruelty investigations.

Animal control officers in Cumberland County investigated 28 cases of animal abuse or neglect that resulted in charges in 2015.

The grant will pay for five respirator masks with 10 cartridges, two ammonia readers, two video cameras, a surveillance pole camera and a laptop computer.

“Animal Control is thrilled to receive this ASPCA grant. With limited budgets it is very difficult to acquire all the necessary equipment to accomplish animal cruelty investigations,” Animal Control Director Dr. John Lauby said in a statement.

“The new equipment will assist and better protect our officers while investigating these cases, allowing us to charge these individuals who treat animals cruelly. We appreciate the Sheriff’s Office assisting in the grant writing project.”

Animal Control encourages citizens who are considering adopting a pet to visit the county's animal shelter in person, or online

The shelter is at 4704 Corporation Dr., Fayetteville. Call 910-321-6852 for more information.


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