Lake Norman & Mooresville

Animals removed from Denver residence

More than 100 cats and dogs and other animals, many described as in unhealthy condition and malnourished, were being removed from a residence in the Denver area during “Operation Noah's Ark,” Lincoln County authorities said today.

In a Sheriff's Office news release, Animal Services director Jack Kerley said a search warrant to remove the animals was served on Vicki Rauch at 3454 Petite Lane. The animals, which included horses, a llama, birds and guinea pigs, will be moved to a central location where they will be examined and placed in proper care. A veterinarian will check them later this week, authorities said.

Animal Services officers and Lincoln County Sheriff's deputies were helped by Lincoln County Emergency Management, the Fire Marshal's Office, East Lincoln and Denver Fire Departments, the American Humane Society, N.C. Department of Agriculture, Lincoln County EMS, East Lincoln and Lincoln Rescue and volunteers from animal rights organizations.