HOOKERTON, N.C. (WNCT) – Volunteers in Greene and Pitt Counties are taking to boats to save numerous animals left behind in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. These animal lovers have spent days in the water to help rescue the dogs, cats, and other animals that are trapped, waiting for relief.
“I couldn’t just sit there and I couldn’t wait. I had to do something,” says volunteer Steven Brantley.
Brantley, a Wilson County resident, is rescuing animals across Eastern North Carolina.
“The animals are up as high as they can get and they’re scared to death,” says Brantley.
Greene County animal rescues, Pitt County Animal Control officers, along with residents have teamed up to save the animals. The crews have saved more than 30 dogs, several cats, a horse and even a chicken from the counties but the recovery is far from over.
“The devastation is terrible,” says Brantley. “We’re driving straight down the road and we’re in 5, 6 foot of water.”
Brantley says he got involved with the efforts after thinking of his own dog that he considers a member of the family.
“If I was displaced it would literally rip me apart if I couldn’t have her with me because I would be worried to death about what was going on with my dog,” Brantley says.
The volunteers plan to begin helping in Wayne County, where Governor Pat McCrory says pigs are loose in some neighborhoods, trying to escape flood waters.