The animals were rescued from The Haven Friends for Life in Raeford, N.C. — a no-kill animal shelter that houses hundreds of dogs, cats and horses, among other animals. It is privately run by Stephen Joseph and Linden Spear, who are now being charged with animal cruelty.
“If there is a chance for a happy, healthy life, I’m sure that everyone would do everything in their power to get (the animals) a new home,” said Laura Hoerning, co-chairperson of UNC Helping Paws, an animal awareness group on campus.
The rescue was executed through a partnership between the ASPCA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, since it was too large for Wake County alone to carry out, said Darci VanderSlik, marketing manager at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Wake County.
Tracy Heenan, a professor in the UNC School of Medicine, said shelters in North Carolina fall into two categories: state funded or private funded. Most of them fall under the N.C. Department of Agriculture’s jurisdiction and are not “no-kill” shelters, she said.