Volunteer arrested for trying to save animals from Hurricane Florence

(Photo: Crazys Claws N Paws/Facebook)

GOLDSBORO, N.C. (WTHR) – After taking action to protect animals from the effects of Hurricane Florence, a volunteer for a donation-based animal rescue center in North Carolina is facing charges.

Tammie Hedges, a resident of Wayne County, North Carolina was taken into custody Friday after providing care to more than two dozen animals, 17 cats and 10 dogs, for owners who had to evacuate before the storm hit.

The owner of the donation-based animal rescue, Crazy's Claws N Paws, was in the process of converting a warehouse space into a proper animal shelter when she decided to use the building to help keep pets dry. However, her facility was not legally registered as a shelter.

The non-profit posted on Facebook with a break down of their side of the story.

Crazys Claws N Paws says in the post that two severely sick cats and one injured dog were dropped off to their center.

They say roads were closed due to flooding and there was no way for Tammie to take the animals to a vet.

Police ordered Tammie to surrender the animals and charged her with 12 counts of practicing medicine without a veterinary license.

Tammie has been released on an unsecured bond of $10,000 and is expected to appear in court October 17.

A petition has been created in support of Tammie. The petition has already received 7,285 signatures of its 8,000 goal.

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