In the world of animal lovers, Kay-Lynette Roca is a force. For 28 years, she’s been the fiery spirit behind Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary, the multimillion-dollar, not-for-profit, no-kill shelter in Jupiter that draws local celebrities to its annual dog wash and owns a $1 million ranch in Martin County, where dogs that can never be adopted live out their lives.
In that same world, Carol Verdigi is an unknown. A longtime sheriff’s deputy and school police officer who now heads the sheriff’s special events office, Verdigi became president of Safe Harbor’s board in May. She’s an animal lover and no-kill supporter whose own dogs, however, are unsterilized, according to 2011 county nuisance complaint.
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Staff researcher Niels Heimeriks contributed to this story.