Animals stranded by flooding in North Carolina rescued

- At the request of the NC Department of Agriculture, The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) deployed members to assist in animal rescue and sheltering needs in Lumberton.

Many areas in eastern North Carolina are devastated by massive flooding due to Hurricane Matthew. 

Since last week, ASPCA said they have assisted nearly 950 animals through pre-evacuation, field rescue, transport and sheltering needs in Georgia and South Carolina.

“For many, pets are members of the family, and we will do everything we can and continue to go out into the field to search for lost pets and hopefully reunite them with their owners," Tim Rickey, vice president of the ASPCA Field Divisions and Response Team said in a written statement, released on Wednesday. 

Forecasters warned that waters were still on the rise in some areas of Robeson County, and ASPCA said they anticipate requests for assistance will increase.

Nearly 25 deaths have been reported in the U.S. due to the deadly Category 4 storm as it made its way up the East Coast after killing hundreds in Haiti, Cuba and the Bahamas.

The ASPCA Field Investigations and Response team said they frequently respond to natural disasters including the recent Louisiana flooding and the Northern California wildfire. In addition, they are called on by state and municipal governments and other animal welfare partners to lend expertise during large-scale animal rescue operations.

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