Flagler County, FL-An investigation into SAFFARI Rescue by the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, the ASPCA and Flagler Animal Services has concluded with the owner of the shelter agreeing to surrender most of the animals to the Flagler County Humane Society.
Laura Williams, PIO for the Sheriff’s office said the investigation began with an anonymous tip. An FCSO detective did research and was able to get a probable cause search warrant last Friday.
Today’s search did not show that animals were being mistreated or not taken care of properly. Williams said the decision was made to not remove the animals but due to other circumstances, Ruth Rupprecht, who runs the organization, agreed to voluntarily turn over most of the animals to the Flagler County Humane Society.
Two pigs, nine cats, and 25 dogs were transported by ASPCA volunteers. Rupprecht was facing daily fines from Flagler County code enforcement because the rescue site does not have proper permits.
For more information about the animals being transferred to the Flagler County Humane Society, please call the society at 386- 445-1814 or email: email@example.com
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