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A Good Samaritan who took in more than two dozen dogs and cats during Hurricane Florence has been charged with practicing veterinary medicine without a license.
Tammie Hedges, founder of Crazy's Claws N Paws animal rescue, was arrested Friday after 27 dogs and cats were confiscated from a temporary shelter.
Hedges - Animals - Storm - News-Argus - Goldsboro
Hedges felt she had to help the animals brought to her during the storm, she told the News-Argus of Goldsboro.
Hedges said she gave amoxicillin to some sick animals and also used a topical antibiotic ointment.
Donation - Tramadol - Prescription - Painkiller - Dogs
She's also charged with soliciting a donation of tramadol, a prescription painkiller sometimes used for dogs and cats.
In a statement, Wayne County said animal control officers had 'serious concern regarding the practice of veterinary medicine without a license and the presence of controlled substances.'
Hedges - Media - Process - Warehouse - Space
Hedges told local media that she was in the process of converting a warehouse space along Route 581 in Rosewood into a shelter.
She felt she could use that extra space to house pets that were in danger.
Goal - Hedges - WNCN-TV
'The goal was to make sure they were not out there drowning,' Hedges told WNCN-TV.
'We had an elderly couple, they were evacuating that afternoon, and there was no way they could take 18 animals with them.'
Storm - Approaching - Hedges - Money - Donations
With the storm approaching, Hedges said she raised money through donations which enabled her to buy crates, food, and other supplies.
She was able to bring 27 animals - 17 cats and 10 dogs - into the warehouse, where volunteers stayed with them 24 hours a day as the storm was wreaking havoc on the Carolinas.
Storm - Monday - Hedges - Phone - Call
After the storm had passed on Monday, Hedges received a phone call from Frank Sauls, the manager of Wayne County's animal services.
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