Listen Now: Hurricane Victim Facing 12 Counts After Saving Cats & Dogs
A north carolina woman set up a temporary business in an emergency situation and she might be paying for it, in more ways than one.
When hurricane Florence hit North Carolina and flooded neighborhoods, Tammie Hedges stepped in to help dozens of animals who were left behind and were in danger or drowning.
Before the storm, Hedges ran a nonprofit that helped low income families with vet bills, pet supplies and other needs. They had recently remodeled their indoor area when the flood waters came, so she decided to shelter animals in need inside that space.
In the days that followed, Hedges and a group of volunteers provided care to seventeen cats and ten dogs, twenty-four hours a day. After Florence passed, Hedges received a call from county animal control saying she had to hand over the animals, which she did.
She was then called in for questioning and is facing twelve counts of practicing medicine without a veterinary license. The animals are being reunited with their families or are being put up for adoption. Hedges says she plans to fight the charges.
CBS News Radio national business journalist Brian Banmiller has spent more than 40 years in the news industry, covering business, politics and the economy on television, radio and in print. Currently, his “Banmiller on Business” reports are delivered to an audience of millions nationwide.
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