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County shelters care for pets after storms

Posted April 21, 2011
Updated April 22, 2011

The Wake County Animal Center is waiving reclamation and boarding fees for pets in the wake of Saturday's storms, said Sarah Williamson, a spokeswoman for the county. Shelter staff are holding off on euthanizing animals for as long as they can in hopes that owners will come to claim their animals. Those who lost animals in the storm can call 919-212-7387 or check in at the center at 820 Beacon Lake Drive in Raleigh.

In Johnston County, animal control officers went to the most heavily damaged areas and rescued a few animals, but all had been claimed by their families by Thursday, said Animal Services Director Ernie Wilkinson. Anymore animals picked up by officers will be held at the shelter until they are claimed. Fees for claiming the animals will be waived, and they'll be given rabies shots.

Harnett County Animal Control in Lillington will hold pets collected from storm-damaged areas until their owners can claim them, Program Manager Rhonda Hudson said.

Cumberland County Animal Control is keeping pets from storm-damaged areas for longer than usual to give people time to claim them, county spokeswoman Sally Shutt said. No animals from storm-damaged areas will be euthanized.

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