Woman charged after 200 pets seized from Craven County animal sanctuary

CRAVEN COUNTY, NC (WITN) - Deputies today charged the owner of an animal sanctuary after seizing more than 200 pets from her Craven County home on Tuesday.

Deborah Hall was charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty, according to Craven County Sheriff Chip Hughes.

Felony charges are pending a review by the district attorney.

All told, 223 animals were seized from Hall's home on Powell Road, north of Dover. They included dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, pigs, chickens, ducks, and horses.

Animal control officers say many of the pets were in poor health and that the home was actually acting as an animal sanctuary, under the name 'I Will Carry You Animal Sanctuary'.

Animal control said they began their investigation two weeks ago after a person complained about just one dog.

Hall initially gave up a few of the animals, but then officers say over a dozen died and that led to Tuesday's seizure.


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Hundreds of animals were seized this morning from an Eastern Carolina animal sanctuary.

The Craven County Sheriff's Office coordinated the rescue at a home at 905 Powell Road, north of Dover.

All told, 223 animals were seized with multiple agencies assisting deputies with the operation.

Animal control officers say many of the pets were in poor health and that the home was actually acting like an animal sanctuary, under the name 'I Will Carry You Animal Sanctuary'.

The sanctuary had a Facebook page that is now inactive and a web site. It says due to the large amounts of dogs and cats, they are limiting how many they can take.

The animals seized included dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, pigs, chickens, ducks, and horses. A search warrant for the property said there could be up to 300 animals.

Animal control officers say they began their investigation two weeks ago after a person complained about just one dog.

The owner initially gave up a few of the animals, but then over a dozen died and that led to today's seizure.

Officers say numerous charges are pending against the owner and her husband.

Rescue groups from as far away as Delaware took in the animals, hoping to restore their health.