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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  • by CritterLover on Jun 30, 2010 at 08:14 AM
    Bless her heart for trying to help...stupid bureaucratic nazi's!
  • by voter Location: nc on Jun 28, 2010 at 07:01 PM
    redirect welfare payments to this much more worthy cause.
  • by MADDOG Location: GREENVILLE on Jun 28, 2010 at 06:28 PM
    It is time for the State of N.C. to but out of some peoples life. She is doing some good for the animals who can't help themself. So why don't you leave Her alone. I love animals and I have 1 dog and 5 cats. Now you come and try to take one of them. You will have to put me down. Hey Lady,, If you read this,,, I have $4,000.00 you are welcome to,,just tell me where to send it.State of N.C.,,I was Born and raised here and you make me sick.The State will pay people (some people} to sit on their but and not work but let someone try and do something good and they are all over them.LOOK at my Name N.C. It is MADDOG and I live up to It.
  • by jack on Jun 28, 2010 at 03:09 PM
    typical state response lets not try to help , just fine the lady incompetent bureaucrats
  • by jesse Location: martin co. on Jun 28, 2010 at 02:30 PM
    I wish i was a millionare so i could help the lady with all the dogs an cats! I have spent close to 300.000 dollars in ten years , resucuing cats! Now i am broke and cant get any help!The hypocrites in congress . are to greedey and selfish to give a dam!
  • by Anonymous on Jun 28, 2010 at 01:54 PM
    I applaud what she is trying to do, but no one can save them all. According to the website they are still taking in animals. Why would they take in more when they have a limited time to get so many placed or be shut down? What is wrong with the place that they are having to cut the number they have in half? It concerns me that they are turning down offers to place animals with other resuce groups, most rescue groups are no kill.
  • by T on Jun 28, 2010 at 11:21 AM
    I work 2 full time jobs, pay child support, as well as other bills. That being said, I WILL donate what I can. I applaud her efforts, and it is money well spent.
  • by Teresa on Jun 28, 2010 at 09:59 AM
    http://thehaven-friendsforlife.org/thanks.html Website to donate. For question asked earlier.
  • by CritterLover on Jun 28, 2010 at 08:43 AM
    http://thehaven-friendsforlife.org/donate.html FOUND IT!! PLEASE DONATE AND HELP SAVE A LIFE OF AN ABUSED ANIMAL!!
  • by CritterLover on Jun 28, 2010 at 08:38 AM
    Does she have a donation web site? I'd love to donate to help her upgrade and save more lives!
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