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Town of Shallotte, NC

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27 Animals Rescued

27 animals were rescued Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 from a Shallotte home by the Shallotte Police Department with assistance from the Brunswick Sheriff's Animal Protective Services and the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office.

Animal Control Officers with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Animal Protective Services assisted the Shallotte Police Department in the rescue of 27 animals from an apparent hoarding situation.

Twelve dogs and 15 cats were surrendered without incident to BCSAPS at a home on Pine Street in Shallotte. The animals were found in inhumane conditions, many of them in feces filled cages. Most were covered with matted fur and in need of grooming. Several of the animals were sick and in need of veterinary care.

All of the animals are now in the care of BCSAPS where they will be evaluated and cared for by the shelter’s Animal Control Specialists.

Shallotte PD charged Elizabeth Wright, 73, of the Pine Street, Shallotte address with misdemeanor cruelty to animals. Both Shallotte PD and BCSAPS received numerous complaints from the community which prompted the investigation.

"I would like to remind the public that while taking in unwanted animals may seem like the right thing to do, it can quickly turn into an out of control situation. I would also like to remind the community that the best way to control unwanted pets is to have animals spayed or neutered," said Sheriff John Ingram.