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

By Jack Burns

Wayne County, NCTammie Hedges, an animal rights activist, attempted to be proactive and protect animals as Hurricane Florence enveloped the NC coast and her home town. She and her group of friends began rescuing animals they found in danger of dying by the rising flood waters. Each animal’s exact location was documented so the owners could be informed following the floods caused by Florence.

All the animals were then transported to a warehouse complete with cages, food, water, pee pads, and litter boxes. Volunteers even slept in the warehouse to make sure rising flood waters didn’t threaten the rescue operation.

Some two dozen animals were rescued before Wayne County Animal Control demanded the animals be turned over to them. The officers who arrived to transport the animals to the state-approved animal shelter reportedly told Hedges she was running an illegal animal shelter without a permit. Hedges disputes such allegations and says she and her group were just trying to defend the animals’ right to life.

Hedges may now be facing criminal charges if the resulting investigation concludes she committed criminal acts. Frank Sauls, animal services manager for Wayne County, defended his county’s actions saying:

If we didn’t feel like anything was being done wrong, we would not have taken (the animals)…But that is for the courts to decide…All that will come out, if the case goes to court…But at this point, it’s very early in the investigation.

For her part, the animal rights activist claims she’s done nothing wrong.

We were trying to help abandoned animals…We knew North Carolina didn’t have any regulations or laws regarding shelters for animals…So a group of us got together to do something to help those animals. it’s why we opened our building to them so they’d have a safe dry place to go until their owners returned to get them…I had not gone out and gotten any animals, but a couple of independent rescuers had gotten some from flooded areas and brought them to me.

Following the turnover and removal of the animals from the makeshift shelter, friends of Hedges are now calling on North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper to exonerate Hedges of all wrongdoing. In the petition, the group accuses Wayne County Animal Control of being financially motivated claiming the government confiscated the animals because they, presumably, were not getting their surrender and adoption fees if the animals stayed with Hedges. The petition states:

In midst of Hurricane Florence, one woman, Tammie Hedges, decided to help her community by taking action and opening an animal shelter to ensure that the carelessness of pet owners did not result in adding more burden on our already full animal shelters and emergency rescue teams.

The group claims Hedges was just being a “Good Samaritan” and should be protected under the law with the same title.

This woman, Tammie Hedges of Wayne County, North Carolina, should be protected under the good Samaritan Act for her actions. Instead, Wayne County Animal Control Services has decided to condemn and punish an upstanding member of it community because the government did not receive it’s unfair “cut” in midst of a crisis. Please use the influence that you were given by the people, for the people and help Tammie Hedges be rewarded for her due diligence in helping her community.

To date, Hedges has not been charged with any crimes but those closest to the case believe it’s just a matter of time before the so-called authorities trump up charges against her. So far, 216 people have signed the petition to exonerate Hedges. If you’d like to sign the petition feel free to click here for a link to the request.

Jack Burns is an educator, journalist, investigative reporter, and advocate of natural medicine. This article first appeared at The Free Thought Project.

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12 Comments on "Good Samaritan Facing Possible Charges for Saving Animals During Hurricane Without a Permit"

  1. This lady is a hero. Charge her and the whole world will come down on the idiot that does it.

  2. Most government’s (State, County, Municipal) are little more than ongoing protection rackets benefiting a minor part of the population, for the most part. All a license does is create a benefit to the State by criminalizing your Right to do something, then selling you a “privilege”.

    “Nice life you have there. Be a SHAME if something happened to it……” The Capone Doctrine of Municipal Codes……..

  3. Hyman Griebowitz | September 23, 2018 at 2:55 pm | Reply

    What kind of a cop brings up that scenario ?
    A f n pig

  4. Wayne county, NC is operating without a permit. Bankrupt the County with a trillion dollar lien.

  5. If it were up to the state these animals would have perished. Now they want the adoption fees & money to euthanize.

    So disgusted that there is a permit for everything now just to make revenue for the state. Some are even trying to make you take credit cards for yard sales so the state can track that income money for taxes. Pretty soon we will have to sign up the first of the year for TP so we can wipe our A**!

  6. I think this is a more and more common case of a government drone getting a hard on over their administrive rules which are not law…but their superiors are lying to them that they are.

  7. I’d move if they hurt this woman….she’s a HERO
    Animal control probably wants them so they can kill the pets….they will cite over crowding.

  8. We all need to move to Liberty cities…..where there is no local govt.
    The govt. becomes parasitic and despotic.

  9. Stupid to leave your pets there & some people panic….but at least leave a note authorizing anyone to rescue them with your info to contact them after it’s all over

  10. Some day will common sense return to this land?

  11. We have been gridlocked by bizarre revolving endless and ever increasing plethora of nonsensical, and oftentimes overlapping regulations. Only we the people can overturn the vast tyranny that enslaves us. We have the power and authority per the Constitution, we only need muster the will.

  12. I mourn all the factory-farmed animals – pigs and chickens mostly – that drowned helplessly in their metal crates… At least they are now out of their misery.

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