Good Samaritan Facing Possible Charges for Saving Animals During Hurricane Without a Permit

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Wayne County, NC — Tammie Hedges, an animal rights activist, tried to be proactive and shield animals as Hurricane Florence enveloped the NC coast and her dwelling city. She and her group of pals started rescuing animals they discovered at risk of dying by the rising flood waters. Every animal’s precise location was documented so the homeowners could possibly be knowledgeable following the floods brought on by Florence.

All of the animals had been then transported to a warehouse full with cages, meals, water, pee pads, and litter packing containers. Volunteers even slept within the warehouse to ensure rising flood waters didn’t threaten the rescue operation.

Some two dozen animals had been rescued earlier than Wayne County Animal Management demanded the animals be turned over to them. The officers who arrived to move the animals to the state-approved animal shelter reportedly informed Hedges she was working an unlawful animal shelter and not using a allow. Hedges disputes such allegations and says she and her group had been simply making an attempt to defend the animals’ rights to life.

Hedges could now be going through prison costs if the ensuing investigation concludes she dedicated prison acts. Frank Sauls, animal companies supervisor for Wayne County, defended his county’s actions saying:

If we didn’t really feel like something was being executed unsuitable, we’d not have taken (the animals)…However that’s for the courts to resolve…All that can come out, if the case goes to court docket…However at this level, it’s very early within the investigation.

For her half, the animal rights activist claims she’s executed nothing unsuitable.

We had been making an attempt to assist deserted animals…We knew North Carolina didn’t have any laws or legal guidelines concerning shelters for animals…So a bunch of us bought collectively to do one thing to assist these animals. it’s why we opened our constructing to them so that they’d have a secure dry place to go till their homeowners returned to get them…I had not gone out and gotten any animals, however a few impartial rescuers had gotten some from flooded areas and introduced them to me.

Following the turnover and elimination of the animals from the makeshift shelter, pals of Hedges at the moment are calling on North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper to exonerate Hedges of all wrongdoing. Within the petition, the group accuses Wayne County Animal Management of being financially motivated claiming the federal government confiscated the animals as a result of they, presumably, weren’t getting their give up and adoption charges if the animals stayed with Hedges. The petition states:

In midst of Hurricane Florence, one lady, Tammie Hedges, determined to assist her group by taking motion and opening an animal shelter to make sure that the carelessness of pet homeowners didn’t lead to including extra burden on our already full animal shelters and emergency rescue groups.

The group claims Hedges was simply being a “Good Samaritan” and must be protected underneath the legislation with the identical title.

This lady, Tammie Hedges of Wayne County, North Carolina, must be protected underneath the great Samaritan Act for her actions. As a substitute, Wayne County Animal Management Companies has determined to sentence and punish an upstanding member of it group as a result of the federal government didn’t obtain it’s unfair “reduce” in midst of a disaster. Please use the affect that you got by the folks, for the folks and assist Tammie Hedges be rewarded for her due diligence in serving to her group.

So far, Hedges has not been charged with any crimes however these closest to the case consider it’s only a matter of time earlier than the so-called authorities trump up costs in opposition to her. Thus far, 216 folks have signed the petition to exonerate Hedges. Should you’d prefer to signal the petition be happy to click here for a hyperlink to the request.

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Supply: TFTP