Former animal rescue leader charged after 90 cats found in North Carolina home

  • Posted: Monday, November 11, 2013 10:04 a.m.

RALEIGH, N.C. — A Raleigh woman who led an animal rescue operation has been charged with cruelty after officials found more than 90 animals at his home.

Wake County officials found 90 cats and three dogs at the home of Carol Jean De Olloqui’s home Saturday night.

Officials with the Wake County Animal Shelter said conditions at the home were unfit for the cats and dogs, with animal waste scattered about the home.

De Olloqui, 44, is former president of Calvin’s Paws, an animal rescue operation that coordinates animal adoption. De Olloqui is charged with three charges of animal cruelty. It was unclear if she has a lawyer

The warrant accuses her of depriving the animals of food, water and medical care.

Wake shelter director Jennifer Federico said they were able to save about 30 cats, but 60 of them had to be euthanized. Federico said most of the cats had conditions including respiratory infections, ulcers, emaciation or dehydration. A few of the cats appeared to be healthy.

The animals have been removed from the home.

The Wake County chapter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has 14 of the cats and three dogs. The rest of the cats are at the Wake County shelter and two other rescue groups.

Mondy Lamb with the SPCA of Wake County said the animals her group received appeared to be healthy and were eating normally and were friendly.

Calvin’s Paws current president, Dan Wagner, issued a statement saying the rescue organization does not support the practice of foster owners’ taking on a large number of animals.

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