Published: Mon, September 24, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

80 dogs rescued from Hurricane Florence up for adoption

80 dogs rescued from Hurricane Florence up for adoption

In North Carolina, a woman faces criminal charges after taking in animals during Hurricane Florence.

The owner of Crazy's Claws N Paws, a donation-based animal rescue center, was in the process of converting a warehouse space into a proper animal shelter when she made a decision to use the building to help keep pets dry.

Just days before the good deed went punished, the unregistered shelter was seeking volunteers to help take care of rescue animals.

Law enforcement, however, saw her effort to keep the animals dry and safe as a violation of the law. She said there were 27 animals there in all, including 17 cats and 10 dogs.

"When a storm's coming, there's going to be rescue partners in those areas that are in the eye of the storm that need help, and we're ready to help", Colleen Learch with the Lost Dog Rescue Foundation says.

Learch said for many of Lost Dog's volunteers, it's tempting to adopt every one of the animals they take in.

On Monday, after Florence passed, Hedges got a call from Wayne County Animal Control regarding the animals.

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She's in the process of converting a warehouse space along Route 581 into a shelter.

According to the group's Facebook page, those charges stemmed from administering amoxicillin, an antibiotic, and Tramadol, a pain reliever, to animals in her care, as well as for soliciting a donation of Tramadol that was supposed "to be a request for a vet".

Hedges voluntarily surrendered the animals to Wayne County Animal Services, according to the statement. "If your animal was in that condition, would you want someone to leave them to get sicker or stay in pain?"

Hedges is considered innocent until proven guilty, the release said.

"Our mission was to save as many animals from the flood that we could", Hedges added. The nonprofit - which serves Wayne, Johnston, Lenoir and Wilson counties - now operates out of pet foster homes.

The county said it is working on checking the safety of the animals and returning them to their owners.

About 6,000 to 8,000 people in Georgetown County, South Carolina, were alerted to be prepared to evacuate ahead of a "record event" of up to 10 feet (3 metres) of flooding expected from heavy rains dumped by Florence, county spokeswoman Jackie Broach-Akers said.

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