NC woman facing possible charges after sheltering animals during Florence

    With the storm approaching, she offered a warehouse she's converting into a shelter as an option for pets to stay (CNN Newsource via WNCN)

    GOLDSBORO, N.C. (WSET) -- A North Carolina woman could face charges after she sheltered more than two dozen pets as Hurricane Florence bared down on the state.

    Tammie Hedges runs Crazy’s Claws n Paws, a non-profit group which helps low-income families with veterinary bills, pet supplies and other needs.

    WNCN reported that she's in the process of converting a warehouse into a shelter.

    With the storm approaching, she offered it as an option for pets to stay.

    "The goal was to make sure they were not out there drowning," Hedges told WNCN. "We had an elderly couple, they were evacuating that afternoon, and there was no way they could take 18 animals with them."

    People donated crates, food, and other supplies to help the animals get through the storm.

    She also said volunteers stayed with them 24 hours a day.

    On Monday, she said she got a call from animal services telling her to voluntarily hand over the animals or go get a warrant.

    So she surrendered them.

    One of the volunteers said it was because Hedges didn't register the warehouse as a shelter.

    The county made its shelter available to the community to bring their pets before the storm, but Hedges said some people had trouble getting in contact with the shelter to make arrangements and others didn't want to take their animals there.

    The animal services manager told a local newspaper that it's an ongoing investigation and she could still face charges.

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