Couple charged after 600 animals removed from no-kill shelter

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Couple Charged After 600 Animals Removed From No-Kill Shelter
HOKE COUNTY, N.C. — The owners of a Hoke County animal shelter are facing cruelty to animal charges.

Hoke County Sheriff Hubert A. Peterkin said Wednesday that a search warrant was served on Haven Animal Shelter following ongoing neglect concerns and complaints made by the public and other agencies.

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An initial investigation revealed that at least four animals were in such bad shape that cruelty charges were filed against 67-year-old Stephen Joseph Spear and 59-year-old Linden Spear.

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