At least 15 dead dogs uncovered during Hoke County animal shelter raid

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RAEFORD, N.C. — Investigators have found at least 15 dead dogs in scattered burial sites throughout a Hoke County animal shelter property, they confirmed Thursday.

The ASPCA and Hoke County Sheriff’s Office are conducting a multi-day sweep of The Haven shelter’s 122-acre property, a result of a criminal investigation launched months ago following community complaints.

The public outcry led to the discovery of unsanitary and unfit living conditions for 600 animals in the care of Stephen and Linden Spear.

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