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Facing flooding and roof collapse, NC shelter is getting help to rescue 123 animals

Bayne, a dog at the Carteret County Humane Society.
Bayne, a dog at the Carteret County Humane Society. Carteret County Humane Society.

This story was updated at 12:10 p.m. EST Saturday.

The Carteret County Humane Society was taking on water. Its roof was collapsing.

The shelter needed immediate help to evacuate 123 dogs and cats along with three staff members, shelter manager Cassandra Tupaj told The News & Observer at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

The Cajun Navy said on Twitter Friday night around 8:30 p.m. that it had assisted in evacuating the animals and staff members and that the shelter was clear.

That wasn’t the whole story, though.

Shelter manager Cassandra Tupaj told the N&O at 10:45 p.m. Friday that the shelter was waiting on more dog crates to complete the rescue of 80 cats and 43 dogs.

At noon on Saturday, Tupaj told the N&O that “rescue groups (are) on the way to help. Animals are all OK!”

Shelter staff stayed with the animals overnight, Tupaj said.

Tupaj had evacuated to Florida, she told the N&O Saturday, but was the go-between for the shelter and people trying to help.

“Staff are exhausted and still working hard,” she said.

When flooding began, shelter staff moved to the second floor, but became trapped with the roof in danger of caving in, Tupaj said.

To donate to the shelter, click here.

Units with New York City’s Urban Search and Rescue team were dispatched to River Bend, near New Bern, North Carolina, on Sept. 14, 2018, to help perform rescues following Hurricane Florence’s arrival to the area.

The National Weather Service tweeted that Hurricane Florence had already dumped over 15 inches of rain over Morehead City, North Carolina, by 2 p.m. Friday. Several videos by the NWS showed major flooding in the NC town.

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