Tammie Hedges

(Meredith) – A North Carolina woman could face charges after sheltering more than two dozen pets amid Hurricane Florence.

Animal control officers in Wayne County confiscated 27 cats and dogs from a warehouse Monday that Tammie Hedges had been using as an emergency shelter for displaced pets, The Goldsboro News-Argus reported.

Hedges, who runs a non-profit animal rescue called "Crazy's Claws n Paws," said she wanted to keep the animals safe during the storm last week.

“The goal was to make sure they were not out there drowning,” she told WNCN

Through donations, Hedges said she bought crates, food and other pet supplies. Volunteers also worked around the clock supervising the animals, she said. 

Kathie Davidson, a volunteer, said she was at the shelter when the animals were confiscated. 

Animal control officers said Hedges had broken the law because she was "operating a shelter without a permit," according to Davidson.

She said the warehouse will eventually be a registered animal shelter, but isn’t currently.

Frank Sauls, animal services manager for Wayne County, told the News-Argus that there's an ongoing investigation but did not say what charges Hedges could face.

“If we didn’t feel like anything was being done wrong, we would not have taken (the animals),” he said. “But that is for the courts to decide.”


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