A Norwin woman was cited by police after she was accused of running a non-licensed and unregistered nonprofit animal shelter.
Tara Rainey is allegedly using her house on Hermenie Street as the Norwin No-Kill Animal Shelter.
Rainey has a website that says her Norwin No-Kill Animal Shelter is a not-for-profit startup shelter. You can donate money through her website, as well as a Facebook page.
Officials said the problem with the shelter is that Rainey is not registered as a 501 C-3 nonprofit organization and has no state license or permit to run an animal shelter.
She told Channel 11’s Courtney Brennan that she is running the shelter as nonprofit, but doesn’t have the paperwork.
Angie Slobodnik said she is the only other person who lives on Rainey’s street and they have been feuding over the animals.
“She’s a crazy woman. She has a possum in there, and they’ve brought in over 30 cats,” Slobodnik said. “She’s getting donations and she’s not a legitimate charity. She’s not a legitimate anything.”
Authorities said the dog warden cited Rainey over the weekend and told Brennan that the cats living in her house didn't look “real healthy.” He also said the state dog officer will investigate.
“It’s not about helping animals, it’s about her collecting money from these people on the Internet,” Slobodnik said. “She needs to be stopped. She’s giving the legitimate people that help animals a bad name.”
As of Tuesday night, Rainey’s Facebook page asking for donations was taken down.