Carol Jean De Olloqui, 44, was arrested and charged with multiple counts of cruelty to animals.
The 93 animals were taken to the Wake County Animal Shelter and about 30 of the cats and the three dogs were saved; the rest of the cats were euthanized. According to the shelter’s director, veterinarian Jennifer Federico, many of the cats were suffering from upper respiratory problems and dehydration.
The shelter simply didn’t have enough room for all of the animals and also had to be careful not to let sick animals infect healthy ones.
"The real rescuer in this situation was the anonymous caller who shed light on what was happening. We thank our rescue partners for stepping up and taking what they could," Federico said.
De Olloqui, who is a recurring guest on a local television station’s "Pet of the Day" segment, is also the most recent president of Calvin's Paws, a nonprofit animal rescue. She is set to appear in court next week.
Dan Wagner, who will serve as the organization's interim president, addressed De Olloqui's charges in a statement.
"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."