90 cats, 3 dogs seized from Raleigh home
Posted November 9, 2013
Updated November 10, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — A Raleigh woman was arrested Friday after she deprived 90 cats and three dogs of food, water and or medical care, according to police.
Carol Jean De Olloqui, 44, of 3201 Sandy Bluff Road, was charged with multiple counts of cruelty to animals.
The 93 animals were taken to the Wake County Animal Shelter.
Wake County Animal Shelter director and veterinarian Jennifer Federico said three rescue partners claimed the cats the night they were removed from the home. She said about 30 cats and three dogs were saved. At least three cats that had been previously at the shelter were returned there and the rest were euthanized.
Federico said the cats were in varying degrees of health with some suffering from upper respiratory problems and dehydration.
Federico said the shelter has 18 kennels, which already contain animals, and they had to be careful not to place ill animals in with healthy ones.
"The real rescuer in this situation was the anonymous caller who shed light on what was happening. We thank our rescue partners for stepping up and taking what they could," Federico said.
De Olloqui was the most recent president of Calvin's Paws, a nonprofit animal rescue.
"Calvin's Paws does not support fosters having an abundance of animals. Our only goal is to rescue animals most in need; sometimes we fear our fosters take on more than they should. We will work over the next weeks and months to develop policies and procedures to ensure fosters do not put themselves or our animals at risk," Dan Wagner, the organization's interim president, said in a statement.
De Olloqui is a frequent guest on WRAL's "Pet of the Day" segment, where she introduces viewers to cats who need a forever home.
She is due in court next week.