Hundreds drop off pets at Pitt County Animal Shelter for temporary stay


GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Hundreds of people are dropping off their pets at the Pitt County Animal Shelter to ensure they stay safe.

“We have over a hundred animals currently in our care with more coming in every minute,” said Michele Whaley, Pitt County Animal Shelter director.

Whaley said since Hurricane Matthew hit and flooding became a major issue in Pitt County she decided to open up a free space for people to put their pets while they stay in shelters and hotels.

Whaley said they have so many animals they opened up a second location at Pitt County Farmers Market

Shelby Klabec is dropping off her four-year-old dog Woody. Her apartment is flooded and ruined.

“At least two feet of water is there,” Klabec said. “My door popped open which made all the water rush in, so now there is a big pool in the middle of my living room floor.”

Klabec said while she tries to figure out where she is staying she wants to make sure Woody is safe and cared for..

“He’s my family,” said Klabec. “He’s my life, so if I didn’t have him then I think it would make this situation worse.”

Whaley said while it’s great to make sure the pets are safe she wants to remind people this is a temporary spot.

Her goal is to make sure all the dogs that had homes go back and aren’t left at the shelter.

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