Wayne County : Drop Charges Against Tammie Hedges, Florence Animal Rescuer!
Tammie Hedges runs Crazy's Claws N' Paws, a nonprofit organization of volunteers who work to rehabilitate and rehome mistreated animals. For the past few months, Hedges and her team had been renovating a new shelter site. The shelter happens to be outside of a flood zone, making it a great place for animals to stay during a hurricane.
When Hurricane Florence arrived, Crazy's Claws N' Paws took in 17 cats and 10 dogs. Volunteers at the shelter cared for them around the clock.
On the Monday after the storm, the Wayne County animal services manager arrived to see the state of the animals. Instead of thanking Hedges and her staff, he had her arrested for treating animals without a license.
To Wayne County:
Tammie Hedges saved animals during Hurricane Florence. She deserves to be commended for this, not prosecuted.
The county accuses her of delivering prescription drugs to animals without a license. The deworming medicine and flea treatments she administered could have very well been over-the-counter drugs; it is not clear which ones she used.
However, even if Hedges did use prescription medication to save these animals, she deserves to walk free. She rescued dogs and cats out of the kindness of her heart, and by acting fast in an emergency, she saved their lives. Hedges doesn't routinely dispense medication like this, but Hurricane Florence was not a routine situation.
This is not the way to treat a kind citizen who gives so much to the community. By signing this letter, I ask you to drop all charges against Tammie Hedges.