NC Woman Face Charges For Sheltering Pets in Unregistered Shelter During Florence

North Carolina resident may face charges for sheltering 27 pets as Florence wreaked havoc

Floodwaters isolate homes in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Lumberton N.C

"If we didn't feel like anything was being done wrong, we should not have taken (the animals)", Sauls said, according to The News-Argus.

"We're not just gonna let (the animals) suffer and die and drown", Hedges told WNCN.

Just days before the good deed went punished, the unregistered shelter was seeking volunteers to help take care of rescue animals. Unlike companion animals, who by law must be included in government evacuation plans during natural disasters, farmed animals are not given legal protections. However, her facility was not legally registered as a shelter.

"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.

Animal rescue volunteer Raina Nyliram said the drugs she administered were all over-the-counter medication. He called the situation "worse than Matthew", the 2016 hurricane that destroyed nearly 90 percent of the town's 261 homes.

"You look at the faces of these animals, and no matter how tough it gets", Learch said, "you look into their eyes, and you know that it's all worth it". "There were many preventable deaths". "She had two cats come in severely sick and an injured dog".

Hedges relinquished numerous animals to the authorities.

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In a statement, Wayne County officials said animal control officers had "serious concern regarding the practice of veterinary medicine without a license and the presence of controlled substances".

Ahead of the storm, Wayne County made its shelter available to the community to bring their pets.

"All animals who were NOT owned by Ms. Hedges were voluntarily surrendered to Wayne County Animal Services".

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

Hedges has been released from jail on a $10,000 bond.

She is due to make a court appearance on October 17 the Wayne County Courthouse.

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