Over 100 Cats and Dogs Saved From Top Floor of Flooding Animal Shelter

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Published: September 19, 2018
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On Friday, September 14, rescue workers saved two staff members, 43 dogs and about 80 cats from the top floor of the Carteret County Humane Society, in Newport, North Carolina, which was flooded from Hurricane Florence.

According to USA Today, the staff members and animals were trapped for hours before they were rescued by the Cajun Navy, a volunteer group of private boat owners who assist in search and rescue efforts.

Rescuers responded after the shelter staff alerted their Facebook followers that they were trapped early that morning. According to the outlet, part of the roof collapsed and the staff and animals were standing in at least an inch of water.

“The shelter is old and needed repairs before the storm,” shelter manager Cassandra Tupaj tells USA Today. “Also the roof over dog kennels is saturated and not looking like it will hold up the whole storm.”

The Cajun Army sent a Tweet saying they had assisted with the evacuation and the shelter was clear. At noon on Saturday, Tupaj told the News Observer that the “Animals are all OK!”

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