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Confusion at Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary

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GEORGETOWN, Del.- Safe Haven, a controversial animal shelter in Georgetown, is supposed to close at the end of the month.

But when a group of local activists found out the ASPCA was coming to pick up dogs, they thought the worst could be coming for the shelter and the animals.

Tacia McIlvaine was supposed to pick up two dogs Tuesday, but she says the ASPCA told her she couldn't.

"We got over here, I came with another person and the ASPCA would not let us in the door; they had locked the door," she said.

The ASPCA loaded more than a dozen dogs onto a bus and other vehicles and the animals could be heard barking from inside.

"They're barking like crazy in there and all we wanna know is where are you taking them," said Lisa St. Clair. "If you're not killing them then tell us where you're taking them. I think that's a pretty reasonable thing."

Repeated calls from WBOC to Safe Haven board members were not returned. The ASPCA released a statement to WBOC saying, "The last of Safe Haven's dogs were transported to shelters and rescue groups where they can housed, cared for, and eventually made available for adoption." The statement does not specify where the dogs are being put.

"You have so many people here who are willing to save those dogs and adopt them," Kathy Hughes said. "It makes no sense."

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