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A woman who saved more than two dozen animals that otherwise might not have survived Hurricane Florence was arrested Friday because she did not have the appropriate permits to do so.
Tammie Hedges of Wayne County, North Carolina, had been taking care of nearly 27 cats and dogs that were abandoned by residents fleeing their homes because of the storm.
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“The owners got to evacuate. They got to save themselves,” Hedges told USA Today. “But who’s going to save those animals? That’s what we did. We saved them.”
Hedges owns Crazy’s Claws N Paws, a donation-based animal rescue center, and was in the midst of turning an abandoned warehouse into a proper facility in which she could care for the animals.
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“Our mission was to save as many animals from the flood that we could,” Hedges said.
Hedges was arrested and charged with practicing veterinary medicine without a license, and the animals have subsequently been confiscated from the temporary facility.
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Hedges said she had been giving amoxicillin to a few of the sick animals as well as using a topical antibiotic ointment for others.
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