If you ever wondered about the power of the internet, wonder no more.
The pressure that readers across the nation – and the world – put on officials in Wayne County, North Carolina regarding the arrest of Tammy Hedges for rescuing and caring for animals during Hurricane Florence was relentless enough that all the charges have been dropped.
Ms. Hedges’ organization released the following statement:
We are very blessed that the charges against our founder, Tammie Hedges, have been dismissed. We remain optimistic that no other charges will be filed, and that this is the end to a terrible, terrible situation. We hope to devote time and energy to our rescue, Crazy’s Claws N Paws, and to our renovation of our dream project. We strive for a lifelong dedication to working with state and local law enforcement to make North Carolina safe for our animals.
We cannot begin to express our heartfelt appreciation for the outpouring of support, globally, for CCNP’s founder, Tammie Hedges.
We wish to personally thank RAINA NYLIRAM from Langhorne, PA for her generosity, foresight, and love for animal security by starting the first GOFUNDME account. Although we do not know you, we are sisters in the fight for animal welfare. If you are ever in our area, please make some time for CCNP!
ESOR SAFARI from Trenton, NJ, and WENDY MAY from NC, we’d also like to thank you! Your GOFUNDME charity is much appreciated as well. Please, if you ever are in the area, come visit with us!
This experience has unified rescues and has made our organization realize that not only do we need to be vigilant in our rescue efforts but, also in our legislative efforts to foster animal welfare laws that are conducive to actually helping owners, rescuers, and animals. (source)
Thank you, Tammy Hedges, for doing the right thing by those animals. I’m so glad these ridiculous charges were dismissed. I’m thrilled that I get to report such wonderful news today.
Let’s remember how freedom won.
I know that many readers of The Organic Prepper took the time to send emails to the officials involved in Ms. Hedges’ arrest and also made contributions to her legal defense fund.
Please know that your efforts made a difference.
By standing together and making an outcry too loud to ignore, freedom won this time around. By refusing to quietly allow the prosecution of a good Samaritan, freedom won. By calling out a government out of control, freedom won.
Please remember this in the future. When you see injustice, speak up. All our voices combined are very powerful. We don’t have to allow our rights to be trampled upon by greedy governments that want us to get “permission” for every little thing. But if we silently allow it, our rights will disappear one by one. I think it even makes us complicit.
The people do have power. We should use it more often.