A North Carolina animal rescuer is facing criminal charges for allegedly practicing veterinary medicine without a license while sheltering pets in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.
The office said that all the animals that were surrendered were checked out by a licensed veterinarian and that it is working to reunite them with their owners. "We're up against a very powerful industry that has the law on its side", Daniel Turbert, vegan activist and founder of The Sentient Project, who is documenting rescue efforts, said on his Facebook page.
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".
Learch said for many of Lost Dog's volunteers, it's tempting to adopt every one of the animals they take in. "If your animal was in that condition, would you want someone to leave them to get sicker or stay in pain?"
"You look at the faces of these animals, and no matter how tough it gets, you look into their eyes and you know that it's all worth it", Learch says.
Staff at Kinston's Humane Society said they've already taken in 38 dogs since Florence hit home.
"Our mission was to save as many animals from the flood that we could", Hedges added.
Hedges used a warehouse that she planned to convert into a legal animal shelter to house animals whose lives were threatened by storm-driven floodwaters.
"I talked to one of the men that was here, and he said that she didn't have this registered as a shelter", she said. "The animals seized were to be returned to their owners after the storm".
With the storm approaching, Hedges said she raised money through donations which enabled her to buy crates, food, and other supplies.
About 6,000 to 8,000 people in Georgetown County, South Carolina, were alerted to be prepared to evacuate ahead of a "record event" of up to 10 feet (3 metres) of flooding expected from heavy rains dumped by Florence, county spokeswoman Jackie Broach-Akers said.