North Carolina woman arrested for caring for pets without permit during Hurricane Florence
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Tammie Hedges sheltered more than two dozen animals after their owners had to leave before the storm hit.

UPDATE September 26, 2018:

Charges were dropped after a North Carolina woman was arrested for providing care for animals during Hurricane Florence without a permit, WGHP reports. Tammie Hedges, of Wayne County, sheltered more than two dozen animals after their owners had to leave before the storm hit.

Hedges initially faced 12 counts of practicing medicine without a veterinary license. Officials reported Hedges gave medicine, including antibiotics and ointments, to the animals at her unregistered shelter. The charges were dismissed Tuesday.

Wayne County District Attorney Matthew Delbridge dismissed the charges so that officials could focus their efforts on more serious crime, WGHP reports.


September 23, 2018:

via WGHP:

WAYNE COUNTY, N.C. -- (WGHP) -- A North Carolina woman was arrested after providing care for animals during Hurricane Florence without a permit, according to USA Today.

Tammie Hedges sheltered more than two dozen animals after their owners had to leave before the storm hit.

Hedges owns Crazy’s Claws N Paws rescue center, which is volunteer and donations-based shelter, and was in the process of converting a warehouse into a proper animal shelter. The animals were dropped off at her warehouse, but the facility was not registered as an official shelter.

Some of the animals were injured or sick and Hedges provided medical care to them. Animal rescue volunteer Raina Nyliram said the drugs Hedges administered were all over-the-counter medication, and the veterinarian’s office was closed.

Her charges include 12 counts of practicing medicine without a veterinary license.

The non-profit updated a Facebook status about the charges:

"1 count of administering amoxicillin to Big Momma, 1 count of administering Tramadol to Big Momma, 3 counts of administering amoxicillin to a white Siamese cat, 3 counts of administering a topical antibiotic ointment (triple antibiotic from Dollar Tree) to a white Siamese cat, 3 counts of administering amoxicillin to a cat known as Sweet Pea, 1 count of administering amoxicillin to an unnamed black kitten, and 1 count of solicitation to commit a crime," the non-profit writes.

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