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60 cats euthanized following raid on Raleigh home

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Carol De'Olloqui was arrested Friday night at a residence on Webster Street in Cary and charged with three counts of misdemeanor animal abuse. Carol De'Olloqui was arrested Friday night at a residence on Webster Street in Cary and charged with three counts of misdemeanor animal abuse.
Raleigh Police say 90 cats and three dogs were taken from the home of Carol DeOlloqui in the 3200 block of Sandy Bluff Rd. Raleigh Police say 90 cats and three dogs were taken from the home of Carol DeOlloqui in the 3200 block of Sandy Bluff Rd.
RALEIGH, N.C. -

The Wake County Animal Shelter says 60 cats had to be euthanized after they were seized from the Raleigh home of the former president of an animal rescue group.

On Friday, a total of 93 animals were seized by Wake County Animal Control from the home of Carol De'Olloqui, who is the most recent president of the animal rescue group Calvin's Paws.

Wake County Animal Shelter director Jennifer Federico said 30 cats and three dogs were placed with three rescues. The other 60 cats had to be euthanized because they emaciated.

Many of the cats, Federico said, were sick, some with probably infectious diseases.

Federico said she is surprised by the situation, saying Calvin's Paws was one of the shelter's partners and has helped rescue hundreds of cats.

Calvin's Paws was known as Marley's Cats Tales until 2012, according to the company website.

In a release, Calvin's Paws said, "Calvin's Paws does not support fosters having an abundance of animals. Our only goal is to rescue animals most in need; sometimes we fear our fosters take on more than they should. We will work over the next weeks and months to develop policies and procedures to ensure fosters do not put themselves or our animals at risk."

Federico said the "real rescuer" was the anonymous tipster who called Raleigh Animal Control.

De'Olloqui was arrested Friday night at a residence on Webster Street in Cary and charged with three counts of misdemeanor animal abuse.

Her current standing with the group was unknown following the incident as the group named an interim president.

The Humane Society said rescue hoarding is becoming more common as rescue groups or volunteers try to save animals from being put down. However in this case, authorities have not released a motive.

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