Woman who saved 27 cats and dogs during Hurricane Florence arrested for lacking proper permits


A Wayne County, North Carolina woman who opened an emergency shelter to temporarily house 27 cats and dogs during Hurricane Florence was arrested last Monday.

According to Inside Edition, Tammie Hedges, who runs Crazy’s Claws N Paws, was lacking the proper permits when she decided to use her space – currently an incomplete shelter – to house the animals to keep them out of the storm.  Crazy’s Claws N Paws is a non-profit, no-kill shelter in Goldsboro, North Carolina.

Hedges was put on notice by Wayne County Animal Control last Monday and was told to surrender the animals or Animal Control would obtain a warrant to take them.  After voluntarily surrendering the animals and while being questioned by authorities, Hedges was arrested on 12 counts of practicing medicine without a veterinary license, among other charges.

According to a colleague’s Facebook post, written on the page for Crazy’s Claws N Paws, Hedges administered care and medication to the animals due to the fact that roads to get to a licensed professional became impassible during the storm.  

Hedges was released on Friday on an unsecured bond of $10,000 and will appear in court on October 17, according to the same Facebook post.

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