A Charlotte team is being thanked for rescuing over 115 cats and dogs in North Carolina over the past few days. Most of the animals had owners, but they were displaced by Hurricane Matthew. It is estimated that 26 people have died from Hurricane Matthew. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department sent the Animal Care And Control Division Emergency Response team to Edgecombe County on Thursday, October 13, 2016. The team administered medical care and made sure that the animals had shelter. They also rescued animals in a boat.
The Charlotte team was also sent out to feed horses that had been left behind. The animals were safe. Some areas of North Carolina received over 18 inches of rain from Hurricane Matthew. Over 40 counties in North Carolina experienced flooding. Many people had to leave behind their livestock because they had to quickly evacuate the area. The Charlotte team checked the area thoroughly to find animals that were in need of food, fresh water and shelter. Fortunately, the flooding in many of the areas was minimal, so the animals were not in immediate danger.
This is not the first time that the Charlotte team has been sent out to help animals. They were also sent out in 2011 to rescue animals when Hurricane Irene hit. The Charlotte team is also working to get the animals reunited with their owners.