The arrest of a North Carolina woman who took in pets during Hurricane Florence has gone viral. Her story is being told around the world!
According to a report September 22 by USA Today, the arrest and subsequent charges against a North Carolina woman who took in pets to save them from the flood waters of Hurricane Florence began when a couple asked her to care for their 18 animals. Some of the animals were sick.
Tammie Hedges of Crazys Claws N Paws has gone from being a typical rescuer out of North Carolina to the heroine of a nation filled with animals lovers. She put the word out and did what she had to do to save 17 cat and 10 dogs. In an interview with USA Today, Tammie stated:
“Our mission was to save as many animals from the flood that we could. We went through Hurricane Matthew and it was horrible. There were many preventable deaths. The owners got to evacuate. They got to save themselves. But who’s going to save those animals? That’s what we did. We saved them.”
We are told that Wayne County Animal Control officers had “serious concerns regarding the practice of veterinary medicine without a license and the presence of controlled substances.”
Tammie was called in for questioning and a few days later she was placed under arrest and charged with 1 count of administering amoxicillin to Big Momma, 1 count of administering Tramadol to Big Momma, 3 counts of administering amoxicillin to a white Siamese cat, 3 counts of administering a topical antibiotic ointment (triple antibiotic from Dollar Tree) to a white Siamese cat, 3 counts of administering amoxicillin to a cat known as Sweet Pea, 1 count of administering amoxicillin to an unnamed black kitten, and 1 count of solicitation to commit a crime.
It was impossible for Tammie to get the sick animals to a vet because the vets were all closed. This all started with a Facebook post made by Tammie offering to help in exchange for help.
“Please share this for anyone in the Wayne County or nearby areas that may need a place to stay or be able to help. If they have a pet and need some place to go, or just like animals, and are in need of a place to stay, we’d love to help them, in exchange for their overnight help.”
Message to Tammie: Cats and dogs are alive today because you reached out to help. You have an army of animal advocates on your side.
Previous articles on this story:
- Disturbing situation in Wayne County
- Michael’s interview with Wayne County Animal Control
- Wayne County woman arrested