The Vet Set Attending AKC Meet The Breeds on February 13th, Booth #139

The Vet Set, New York City’s In Home Veterinary Care Concierge Service, is attending the AKC Meet The Breeds event on Saturday, February 13th at Piers 92/94 in NYC – Booth #139

New York, NY – February 4, 2016 –The Vet Set is excited to announce they will be in attendance for the highly anticipated AKC Meet The Breeds event on Saturday, February 13th at Piers 92/94 in New York City. Participants are encouraged to stop by The Vet Set Booth #139 for an opportunity to ask pet healthy questions, get involved in the #WinterBestiesNYC photo contest, and check out must-have pet products! 

The Vet Set’s in-home/office pet care service has had great success since launching in October 2015. Going to the vet can be quite a scary experience for our furry friends. There are many factors that trigger this anxiety during a vet visit; unfamiliar smells, sounds, sick animals, and often, the anxious energy both pets and owners bring to the facility. Overall, stress in pets is unhealthy and should be avoided at all costs. 

Now there is no longer a need to transport our pets to and from the vet. Doctors of Veterinary Medicine Dr. Taylor Truitt and Dr. Eva Radke created The Vet Set; a concierge service which allows both owner and pet to enjoy their time at home while their team of trained veterinarians make sure all animals are in tip top shape! Learn more at:

The seventh annual AKC Meet The Breeds event gives dog lovers the unique opportunity to meet and play with more than 100 different breeds, all while learning about responsible dog ownership and which breeds may be right for them. Learn more about AKC Meet The Breeds:

February marks two special pet celebrations: Responsible Pet Owners Month and Pet Dental Health Month. Now is the perfect time for owners to brush up on pet health responsibilities. Join The Vet Set team at the AKC Meet the Breeds show for a unique opportunity to ask pet health questions to their veterinarian experts. Attendees can also check out the recently launched AKC Paw Tech Dog Boot line. Paw Tech Dog Boots are a simple, stylish and effective solution for protecting paws and conquering the harsh winter months and beyond! Learn more about AKC Paw Tech:

The Vet Set wants to see your furry friend in their happiest state of mind this winter, and what better place to find happiness than at the AKC Meet The Breeds? Pet owners who drop by The Vet Set booth can get involved in photo contest fun for a chance to win over $1,000 in prizes! The Vet Set’s #WinterBestiesNYC Photo Contest begins on Thursday, January 14th at noon and will end on Sunday, February 21st at midnight. Owners are encouraged to capture their pet’s best indoor or outdoor winter look by simply submitting to social media pages. 

The Vet Set will be snapping photos of four-legged friends at their Booth #139 as a way to kick-off the contest. Official entry is through The Vet Set Facebook page; however submissions can also be uploaded to The Vet Set Facebook or Instagram pages using hashtag#WinterBestiesNYC.

Learn more about the contest:

About The Vet Set: The Vet Set was founded by Dr. Taylor Truitt and Dr. Eva Radke to bring the best veterinary care to your home, office, or hotel in Manhattan and Brooklyn 7 days a week. Stress interferes with your pet's health, so you can now eliminate the anxiety of an office visit and let The Vet Set come to you. We offer preventative medicine, vaccines, diagnostic testing, health certificates, acupuncture, and hospice care. With an easy to use app and also telemedicine we make it easier than ever to keep in touch with your vet! Learn more about The Vet Set Here:   

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About AKC Paw Tech: AKC Paw Tech protects paws from harsh elements and external irritants such as salt, sand, rough terrain, and hot pavements. These flexible and easy to fit boots come in a variety of sporty colors to match your style for every season throughout the year. 

AKC Paw Tech consists of a lightweight outer nylon that easily fits your pet's foot, and a reflective velcro strap to hold it all in place. A soft, breathable, lightweight poly lining keeps paws feeling cozy and comfortable. The rubber soles underneath provide traction and help protect your canine from slipping and skidding. Paw print motif decorates the sole. Available in various styles to fit your pup’s lifestyle best: The All-Weather Dog Boot, Neoprene Dog Boot, Camo Neoprene Dog Boot and the Extreme Dog Boot.  Learn more at:

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Bringing the Best Veterinary Medicine When You Need It, Where You Need It

Stay. Heal. Chill.

Dr. Taylor says, “Veterinary medicine hasn’t changed in decades, it’s time to bring it up to speed in the same way human medicine is being delivered - and we are literally delivering it to your home.” She adds, “We all want the same care for our pets as we do for our kids because for many of us, they are our kids and we care for them in exactly the same way.”

Dr. Taylor Truitt, DVM

Dr. Taylor Truitt knew since she was four years old that she wanted to be a veterinarian when she grew up.  She started working in veterinary practices when she was 18. Her lifelong passion and adoration of dogs and cats transitioned into her professional commitment to their physical and mental well-being when she graduated from veterinary school. She went on to complete a rigorous internship in Los Angeles, CA focusing on cardiology, internal medicine, and emergency medicine.

Dr. Truitt then went into private practice and started her study of traditional Chinese veterinary medicine and acupuncture at the Chi Institute in Florida. She believes that a foundation of preventative medicine combined with solid mental stimulation and good nutrition leads to a long and fun life for our furry friends.  Dr. Truitt has a
strong interest in internal medicine, dermatology and allergy
management, care of our senior and geriatric friends, dental care, and
pain management.

Dr. Truitt graduated from Kansas State University School of Veterinary
Medicine in 2006 and became a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist from
the Chi Institute in 2008. In 2014, she earned her MBA from the
University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business.  In her
spare time she’s an avid skier, scuba diver, and waxes poetically over
California wines. Dr. Taylor Truitt is owned by a French Bulldog Noah,
and she loves taking care of all the brachycephalic or “smoosh faced”
breeds.  She also has two very demanding cats Linus and Pia.

Why does my dog bark?

1) To get your attention – she may want to eat, go outside, play or simply get attention from you

2) Because she is frustrated – she may be bored or was left outside/inside for too long

3) Because she is scared – some dogs will bark out of fear of people, other dogs, new experiences, loud noises, new objects in the house

4) To protect you and the home – she may bark if she feels there is a potential intruder outside (human or other dog/animal)

5) Because she is excited – many dogs will bark out of excitement when friends come to visit or they go for a ride in the car, to a new dog park, etc.

6) Because of health issues – some older dogs with deafness or Canine Cognitive Dysfuntion(dementia) will bark because they can’t hear themselves or are confused

What to do about the barking?

Training a dog not to bark can be difficult and often takes a lot of time and consistency. Don’t give up!! If you feel that your methods are not working or your dog is particularly difficult, you may want to consult with a trainer or veterinary behaviorist.

In general I have found that many unwanted behaviors occur in dogs because they are bored or frustrated. This is certainly true for barking. I am always telling my clients that a tired dog is a good dog! Be sure to give your dog plenty of physical and mental stimulation on a daily basis – this will vary for each dog depending on their age, energy level and overall health. Young active dogs should get a good amount of exercise before you leave them at home for an extended period of time. You can also leave them with toys that offer distraction or mental stimulation while they are home alone. 

Most of the time a dog will bark for attention and/or because they receive a reward when they bark. The best thing you can do in this case is ignore her while she is barking. Believe it or not, yelling at her to stop barking IS giving her attention and she will continue to bark for this perceived “reward”. I always tell people to ignore their dog completely until they stop barking – literally turn away from them, don’t talk to them, touch them or even look at them! Any attention positive or negative can be perceived as a reward for their unwanted behavior. Once the dog stops barking, then pay attention to her and praise her for being quite. Positive reinforcement and consistency with this method is best!

Another similar method is to ask your dog to do another task while she is barking to distract her. Praise her for completing this task, but not for barking. Keep things positive! One example is to tell her to sit, lie down or shake and reward her with a treat for doing so (and being quiet!). The key is to find a task that your dog will stop barking to complete.

If your dog barks in response to a stimulus (i.e. another dog passing by), you can desensitize her to this stimulus with more positive reinforcement. Start when the stimulus is far away before your dog has noticed it – tell her to sit and give her a treat. As the stimulus gets closer continue to give your dog treats and tell her she is a good girl as long as she is paying attention to you and not barking. Once the stimulus is gone, stop giving treats and praise. Eventually she will learn that the presence of the stimulus is positive and means that she gets rewarded. This process will need to be repeated many times until your dog will actually pay attention to you instead of barking at the stimulus. 

If your dog is barking because of suspected deafness or dementia, you can try a hand signal instead of telling her “quiet” or “no barking”. You should also speak to your veterinarian about medications that can help with dementia. I always recommend that people try to keep their dog’s environment and routine as consistent as possible. Any changes in routine for a dog already experiencing cognitive dysfunction can make things much more confusing.

Susan M. Ewing

Susan M. Ewing has been “in dogs” for over 35 years, and has written eleven dog books, including Bulldogs for Dummies, Poodles for Dummies, and The Pembroke Welsh Corgi: Family Friend and Farmhand. She writes a bi-weekly pet column for The Post-Journal of Jamestown, NY and has written for many national cat and dog publications. Her latest book, American Pit Bull Terrier, won a Maxwell. She is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the Dog Writer’s Association of America and Cat Writers’ Association, of which she is president. Her cat flash cards, Cats! Train Your Owner! won a CWA Muse medallion, as well as the coveted President’s Award. She lives in Jamestown, NY with her husband, Jim, and two Corgis, Rhiannon and Gael.

Hounds and Terrier in a Kennel, John Emms, estimate U.S. $150,000-250,000
NEW YORK – Bonhams presents the Dogs in Show and Field: The Fine Art Sale, the 35th annual auction of dog-themed art on Wednesday, Feb. 17 in New York.
Leading the lots is Hounds and Terrier in Kennel, an oil on canvas work by British artist John Emms (1843-1912) estimated at U.S. $150,000-250,000. Emms, known as a master painter of Hounds and Terriers, used fluid brushstrokes to highlight distinct physical characteristics of his subjects – bringing their individual temperaments to life in his works.
The auction includes more than 150 lots of paintings, watercolors, prints, sculpture and “Dogiana” (collars and other collectibles). The Dogs in Show and Field sale started in the United Kingdom and moved to the U.S. 17 years ago. Since then, its preview has coincided with the Westminster Kennel Club’s Dog Show, one of the nation’s longest running and premier sporting events.
“We’re lucky to have two significant works by Emms illustrating the popularity of his output – hunting hounds and clumber spaniels. Additionally, the sale is very strong in the works of Arthur Wardle with 12 lots being offered,” said Vice President and Director of Fine Art Alan Fausel.
Other than Victorian master dog paintings, the sale features a strong selection of continental works, including Dutch artist Henrietta Ronner-Knip and Charles Olivier de Penne, one of France’s most prominent painters of hunting hounds and gun dogs.
Other auction highlights include:
An Unexpected Visitor – Clumber Spaniels in a Kennel, John Emms (British, 1843-1912), estimate U.S. $80,000-120,000
Signed by the artist, this oil painting may have been a commission for the Duke and Duchess of Newcastle made while Emms worked at Clumber Park. This work is one of the finest to have come to the market in recent years.
Pen Friends, Arthur Wardle, RI (British, 1864-1949), estimate U.S. $18,000-25,000
This work by Wardle is most likely a society portrait of two English Toy Spaniels. The artist is known for his paintings of pure bred dogs in England in the 19th century, as well as portrayals of big game and wildlife. He never received any formal art academy training, but had his first exhibition at the Royal Academy when he was 16 years old.
A Victorian Sterling Silver Dog Collar: Help, the Railway Dog of England, London, 1883, estimate U.S. $2,500-3,500
The collar comes with a tag inscribed: “I Am Help. The Railway Dog of England and Travelling Agent for the Orphans, of Railway Men Who are Killed on Duty…” Help was a Scotch Collie trained and handled by passenger guard John Climpson on the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway. Equipped with a collecting box, Help travelled extensively throughout Britain and France to raise money for the Orphans Fund. His appearances at railwaymen’s congresses, fundraisers and dog shows made him a celebrity and his success launched a legion of charity collecting dogs.
To kick off the auction preview, Bonhams will host Barkfest, an annual charity breakfast to benefit the American Kennel Club (AKC) Humane Fund, on Sunday, Feb. 14 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The AKC Humane Fund provides grants to pet-friendly domestic violence shelters and breed rescue organizations. Tickets are $50 in advance or $60 at the door, and guests are welcome to bring their canine companions. Kindly call the AKC RSVP line +1 (212) 696 8306 to reserve a space.
View the catalogue online.
Auction preview hours (open to the public): Feb. 13 from 12 p.m.-5 p.m. EST; Feb. 14 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST; Feb. 15 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. EST; and Feb. 16 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. EST.
Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. Today, the auction house offers more sales than any of its rivals. The main salerooms are in London, New York and Hong Kong. Sales are also held in the UK in Knightsbridge, Oxford and Edinburgh; in the U.S., in San Francisco and Los Angeles; in Europe, in Paris and Stuttgart and in Sydney, Australia. Bonhams also has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of forthcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments, please visit
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Bash Dibra is a big, ebullient man with a warm smile, a gentle manner, and a lifelong affinity for dogs. When he was only three years old and fled with his family from Albania to a refugee camp in Yugoslavia, he made friends with the attack dogs that guarded the compound. Later, as the family traveled through Europe, Bash was able to work with master dog trainers, and he continued his work when he came to the United States. Then came the opportunity to raise and train a wolf, and through this experience Bash developed his unique methods of dog training.

Bash & Friends.jpgAs author of six best-selling books on responsible pet ownership, training and the proper treatment of animals in the entertainment industry, Bash Dibra sets the industry standard of service to celebrities and their pets as well as to pets who are celebrities in their own right. Mr. Dibra has trained the pets of countless celebrities, including Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathleen Turner, Mariah Carey, Joan Rivers, Kim Bassinger and Alec Baldwin. His own pets are celebrities themselves, featured in motion pictures, television commercials and print ads.

Bash has appeared on countless TV shows promoting responsible pet ownership, and he works diligently behind the scenes for animal welfare and to promote animals in service to mankind. Bash credits his incredible way with dogs to his beloved wolf, Mariah, who taught him so much, and who was the official symbol of the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo.




The Westminster Kennel Club Announces 
New Director of Communications
Gail Miller Bisher, a long-time communications professional as well as dog show judge and exhibitor, has been named Director of Communications for The Westminster Kennel Club. She replaces David Frei, who has moved on to other opportunities but will be hosting his last telecast of the Dog Show in 2016 on CNBC (Monday, Feb. 15) and USA Network (Tuesday, Feb. 16) from 8-10pm ET.
Bisher (pronounced By-sher) has more than 30 years of experience in the dog world as a handler, trainer, writer and spokesperson. She is an AKC-licensed conformation judge and Canine Good Citizen evaluator, with a background including conformation, obedience, herding and earthdog trials.
Professionally, she has handled marketing, business development and public relations for The American Kennel Club as well as various dog websites. She has appeared in major media including NBC's Today show, the New York Times and CNN as well as handling radio media tours nationwide.
Bisher's history with The Westminster Kennel Club began when she won second place in Junior Showmanship at the WKC show, and she has worked in the press room and produced video segments at The Westminster Dog Show in past years.
"We are delighted to have Gail Bisher as the new face of The Westminster Kennel  Club," said Club President Mr. Sean W. McCarthy. "Her experience in the dog world combined with her high level of qualifications as a Communications professional ensure that the 140-year legacy of The Westminster Kennel Club is in good hands."
Westminster Show Chair Mr. Thomas H. Bradley, 3d., seconded the confidence: "Gail is a pleasure to work with as well as a consummate communications pro," he said.
For her part, Bisher could not be happier. "For someone who loves dogs as I do, there is nothing more exciting than to be part of The Westminster Kennel Club - the premier organization in our sport and such a strong voice for all dogs," she stated.
Assisting Bisher in the Communications Department this year are Katherine Wright, a third-generation terrier breeder and exhibitor, and Terri Cude, who spent many years in dog sports along with having 30+ years' experience in the communications field.

David Frei is well-known to millions of television viewers as the longtime co-host of USA Network’s annual telecast of the popular Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

David has co-hosted the live Westminster coverage from New York’s Madison Square Garden since 1990. In connection with that role, he has made many appearances on The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Early Show, Ellen, The View, Martha Stewart, Charlie Rose, and many more. His adventures with the Westminster Best In Show winners have taken him many places, including the White House and for a ride on a float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. He has been director of communications for the Westminster Kennel Club since 2003.

David also has been co-host on NBC of The National Dog Show on Thanksgiving Day since its inception in 2002, a telecast seen by about 20 million viewers every year.

His new book, Angel On A Leash, about his work and observations in the world of therapy dogs and his life in dogs, was released in November 2011.

A longtime breeder-owner-handler and judge in the world of purebred dogs, he has judged all over the world, including the U.S., Canada, Australia, Denmark and China, and has also enjoyed much competitive success with his Afghan Hounds, Brittanys and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. His Ch. Stormhill’s Who’s Zoomin Who was the #1 Afghan in 1989 and retired as the top-winning female in the history of the breed.

But he is most proud of the wonderful work that his own dogs do as therapy dogs, regularly visiting patients and families at the Ronald McDonald House New York and at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. His Brittanys, Teigh and Belle, who have recently passed, pioneered the practice in many places, and his Cavalier, Angel, and Brittany, Grace, are carrying on for them today.

With Westminster, David helped to create Angel On A Leash, a charitable activity supporting a therapy dog program at the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian. Angel On A Leash has become an independent 501(c)(3) charity with David as president and CEO, and has expanded into a number of additional facilities across the country. The success of the program provided the inspiration for his new book of the same name.

David’s contributions to the world of dogs have been recognized by the Dog Writers Association of America in 2009 with its prestigious American Kennel Club Distinguished Service Award, and in 2010 by the World Dog Press Association with its Media Award.

He also does volunteer work with Transfiguration Church and School in New York’s Chinatown, and in 2006 was honored by the Transfiguration Education Association with a special award for “his loyal support of Transfiguration Schools and his dedication to philanthropic causes.” His work with Angel On A Leash and his own therapy dogs has been recognized by the American Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club with its prestigious Patricia L. Kanan award, and by a number of other organizations as well.

He is a past board member for Take The Lead, a dog show world charity that provides for people with life-threatening and financially devastating illnesses and injuries. He is a past board member of the Morris Animal Foundation, a member of the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital Sports Council, and a past president of the Afghan Hound Club of America.

David is the co-author, with Mike Lingenfelter, of The Angel By My Side, a critically-acclaimed best seller about a heroic service dog, published in 2002 ( and the winner of two DWAA awards as best book of the year.

In 2004, he appeared in one of the final episodes of the HBO hit series, Sex And The City, playing a smitten dog show judge awarding a big win to Charlotte and her Cavalier (mostly to Charlotte).

Previously, he held public relations positions with the Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers and ABC-TV Sports in New York. A native of Oregon, he owned two very unique and popular sports bar restaurants in the Seattle area, as well as his own public relations agency, before moving to New York City in 2002. His wife, Cherilyn, is a certified Catholic chaplain and Director of Spiritual Care and Family Support at The Ronald McDonald House of New York City.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (February 4, 2016) – The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to prevent, treat and cure diseases in all dogs, announces that 30 grants have been awarded in 2015 to researchers studying canine disease. These grants, totaling nearly $1.5 million, will continue to build on CHF-funded advances in veterinary medicine and biomedical science, impacting both canine and human health.

“The projects funded this year are a combination of innovative science and technology, and studies to address the immediate and practical medical needs of all dogs,” according to Dr. Diane Brown, CHF’s chief executive officer. “Research ranges from heritable disease, reproductive health, cancer and infectious disease, and includes projects to understand the needs and health of working dog populations, all with an emphasis on better health for dogs and their people.”

CHF administers annual health polls to provide real-time data on the concerns of dog owners and on unmet areas of need in veterinary medicine. Using this information, projects are chosen to build on the depth and breadth of CHF’s 20-year history of health research for dogs. Each grant awarded has specific aims to fill critical knowledge gaps in veterinary medicine, leading to better care options for both the common and the complex health issues of dogs. CHF also invests in training the next generation of scientists to address the health needs of dogs through its Clinician-Scientist Fellowship Program, awarding three Fellowships in 2016.

True to CHF’s mission, several of the newly awarded grants have a One Health emphasis where outcomes of the research project have the potential to benefit human, as well as canine health. One such example is the study of dogs with respiratory and skin diseases that live in the homes of children with asthma. Findings from this study will help unlock the complexities of these health conditions in both species.

CHF is committed to canine cancer research, and one such example is the funding of a $432,000 grant to better understand and prevent hemangiosarcoma, an aggressive and deadly form of cancer in dogs. This grant, awarded to Dr. Jaime Modiano, VMD, PhD, professor at the University of Minnesota, joins the American Boxer Charitable Foundation, the Golden Retriever Foundation, and the Portuguese Water Dog Foundation, thus emphasizing the impact CHF donors have in advancing collaborative research.

Funding for CHF grants comes from a number of sources, including: corporations, dog clubs and individuals who are committed to canine health research. Dog lovers are encouraged to make a donation to support healthy dogs by visiting

The complete portfolio of new grants for 2015 can be downloaded in PDF format. Or, view and search all active and past grants in CHF’s full grant portfolio

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About the AKC Canine Health Foundation

For more than 20 years, the Raleigh, NC-based AKC Canine Health Foundation has leveraged the power of science and research to improve the lives of dogs and their people. The Foundation works to prevent, treat, and cure diseases impacting all dogs while providing professional information and resources for a new breed of dog owner. Take action because you care; find out more online at

Review written by Jon Patch with 3 paws out of 4

The Choice

Lionsgate, Nicholas Sparks Productions and Safran Company present a PG-13, 111 minute, Drama, Romance, directed by Ross Katz, screenplay by Bryan Sipe and novel by Nicholas Sparks with a theater release date of February 5, 2016.


RALEIGH, N.C. (January 27, 2016) – The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF), a nonprofit organization committed to prevent, treat, and cure diseases in all dogs, is pleased to announce that for the second consecutive year, more than $500,000 has been raised through the American Kennel Club (AKC) Donor Challenge program.

The AKC Donor Challenge program matched contributions dollar-for-dollar made to CHF during 2015 from new donors and donors whose last gift was prior to December 31, 2012. The campaign provided added incentive for dog lovers throughout the world to double their impact on canine health.

“We value our partnership with the American Kennel Club and we are grateful for their long-standing support of the Foundation,” said Dr. Duane Butherus, CHF board chairman. “The AKC Donor Challenge provides us a great opportunity to reach out to new donors and connect on our shared commitment to healthy dogs.”

Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2015, CHF has dedicated more than $45 million in canine health research projects and educational programs. Funds raised by CHF support grants for canine health researchers who are working to help advance veterinary medicine by providing better care options and more accurate diagnosis for both common and complex health issues. Funds also provide educational resources for dog owners, breeders and veterinary professionals. 

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About the AKC Canine Health Foundation

For more than 20 years, the Raleigh, NC-based AKC Canine Health Foundation has leveraged the power of science and research to improve the lives of dogs and their people. The Foundation is committed to prevent, treat, and cure diseases impacting all dogs while providing professional information and resources for a new breed of dog owner. Take action because you care; find out more online at


Neglected animals receiving medical attention after removal from unlicensed North Carolina “animal rescue”

Raeford, N.C.—At the request of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office, the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is assisting with the seizure and care of more than 600 animals from The Haven, a 122-acre unlicensed, self-described animal rescue in Raeford, N.C. The owners of the facility were arrested on charges of animal cruelty after a search warrant was served Wednesday morning. The Department of Agriculture and Hoke County Sheriff’s Office began investigating The Haven after receiving numerous complaints of sick animals adopted from the facility. The ASPCA is assisting with evidence collection, animal removal, transport, sheltering and medical care.

More than 300 dogs, 250 cats and 40 horses were discovered, along with numerous farm animals. The animals were kept in filthy kennels, cages, outdoor pens and paddocks, many without protection from the elements. Many animals are suffering from untreated medical issues including open wounds, severe upper respiratory disease and emaciation.

“What we found today at this facility—self-described as ‘North Carolina’s most successful no-kill shelter’--is unacceptable”, said Tim Rickey, senior vice president of ASPCA Field Investigations and Response. “This is one of the largest animal seizures the ASPCA has ever conducted in our 150 years as an organization. We have a team of nearly 140 responders on the ground to remove and care for these hundreds of neglected animals who have clearly not been receiving adequate care. Our goal is to help them become healthy and ultimately find them homes.”

The ASPCA Field Investigations and Response team is currently providing medical attention to animals in critical condition on the property and the ASPCA’s Forensic Sciences team is collecting evidence to support the criminal case. They will remove the animals and transport them to a temporary shelter in an undisclosed location over the next few days, where the animals will receive medical exams and behavioral assessments. The ASPCA will continue to care for the animals at the temporary shelter until custody is determined by the court and will provide ongoing legal support until resolution of the criminal case.

“The condition of these animals is pressing and required immediate attention,” stated Hoke County Sheriff Hubert Peterkin. “In addition to protecting Hoke County citizens, law enforcement has an obligation to ensure the safety and well being of Hoke County animals at all times. We cannot and will not allow this type of mistreatment to continue any longer. All persons involved will be held accountable.”

The Haven has been operating without a license and in violation of many requirements in the North Carolina Animal Welfare Act for at least ten years. The population of animals at the facility has fluctuated over the years, previously reaching more than 1,000 animals. Past inspections by the Department of Agriculture deemed the facility “inadequate”, citing the large number of animals as well as sick and injured animals without access to water.

Agencies assisting the ASPCA with the removal, transport and sheltering operation include: Asheville Humane Society (Asheville, N.C.); Charleston Animal Society (North Charleston, S.C.); Cumberland County Animal Services (Fayetteville, N.C.); Humane Society of Greater Savannah (Savannah, Ga.); Loving Friends Transport (Clear Water, Fla.); North Carolina Specialized Mobile Animal Rescue Team (Spring Lake, N.C.); Wake County Animal Center- (Raleigh, N.C.); St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center (Madison, N.J.); Wayside Waifs (Kansas City, Mo.); and 808 Equine Rescue (Ewa Beach, Hawaii).


About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


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