NC woman may face charges for sheltering pets in unregistered shelter

Blanche Robertson
September 24, 2018

A North Carolina woman could face charges after sheltering more than two dozen pets as Hurricane Florence moved through, WNCN reports. They got to save themselves. But who's going to save those animals? "We're up against a very powerful industry that has the law on its side", Daniel Turbert, vegan activist and founder of The Sentient Project, who is documenting rescue efforts, said on his Facebook page.

"From boots on the ground to technology that we have, we are trying to be able to get the message out", Hodge said in the video feed, advising people they shouldn't await an official order to evacuate should they begin to feel unsafe. "We went through Hurricane Matthew and it was awful. There were many preventable deaths".

"We're not just gonna let (the animals) suffer and die and drown", Hedges told WNCN. Hedges said some people had trouble getting in contact with the shelter to make arrangements while others didn't want to take their animals there. There was sufficient availability at the Wayne County Animal Shelter for all animals surrendered and no boarding fees were charged to the owners. She was arrested and released on a $10,000 unsecured bond.

Animal rescue volunteer Raina Nyliram said the drugs she administered were all over-the-counter medication. The vets closed too. "All the charges are bogus".

Some of the animals were injured or sick and Hedges provided medical care to them.

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The nonprofit - which serves Wayne, Johnston, Lenoir and Wilson counties - now operates out of pet foster homes. "A group of us got together to do something to help those animals".

She made a decision to turn the animals over, but still could face charges.

"Of course this whole situation is unbelievable", Davidson said. Instead, she said that Animal Control has the pets.

"Upon entering the facility they developed serious concerns regarding the practice of veterinary medicine without a license and the presence of controlled substances", said the Wayne County Government. "Ms. Hedges is considered innocent until proven guilty".

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