NC No-Kill Shelter Must Comply with State Orders

RAEFORD, N.C. (AP) -- The woman who owns one of the largest no-kill animal shelters in North Carolina must reduce the number of dogs by half and meet other state requirements or face the possibility of losing the shelter.

The Fayetteville Observer reported that Linden Spear is the director and founder of The Haven in Hoke County, where more than 1,000 cats and dogs typically live on 140 acres just outside Raeford.

Over the years, officials with the state Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services have asked Spear to upgrade the shelter. Spear says she has complied when she could.

The state has now given her until July 9 to reduce the number of dogs by half and to come into full compliance by Sept. 1. Spear says she's trying to find homes for the dogs, although some groups say she's rejected their efforts to help.

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