Hoke County, North Carolina (WCSC) - The Charleston Animal Society is helping the ASPCA with a major animal rescue about 200 miles away.
The organization sent people to assist after nearly 600 animals were found at an unlicensed, self-described animal rescue in Hoke County, North Carolina, south of Raleigh.
Several farm animals, 300 dogs, 250 cats and 40 horses were found at the facility, called The Haven. According to investigators, many had been neglected.
Some of the animals had open wounds, and others were malnourished.
According to a news release, the Department of Agriculture and Hoke County Sheriff's Office started investigating the facility after receiving multiple complaints that sick animals were adopted from there.
The owners were arrested and face several neglect charges.
The ASPCA and the Charleston Animal Society is assisting with evidence collection, animal removal, transport, sheltering and medical care.