Animals missing after crates fall out on road while fleeing Hurricane Florence

Animals missing after crates fall out on road while fleeing Hurricane Florence

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Several animals are missing after an accident where multiple crates went flying down the road during a transport from Wilmington to Charlotte.

According to the Carolina Waterfowl Rescue, there was a transporter bringing animals back from Wilmington to Charlotte who didn't strap the crates down properly.

The rescue says animals were flying out going down the road and the transporter didn't notice until they hit Maxton.

The animal rescue service says several animals are possibly still in their crates on the side of the road or have been hit and they need some people in the area to go search.

Around 9 p.m. Thursday, the rescue said they recovered the pelican and three chickens, but a hawk is still missing.

"Please we are so sick about this and need help desperately," The Facebook post read.

Thursday night, the Carolina Waterfowl Rescue posted to Instagram clearing up any misunderstandings from earlier posts.

"Firstly, we have had many many transports coming from the coast. The majority of these transports are done by volunteers. We had hundreds of animals to evacuate, The person who picked up the animals has been evacuating people and animals and offered to help. He was the second volunteer transporter today. This is a person who risked their life to help get animals out. The storm was pounding on them. He strapped all the animals down and left trying to beat the weather. At this point we thought this was our last option and we were desperate. The wind blew some of the crates out. They were strapped down. People need to understand what it's like to be running for your life and working these hurricanes,"

The animals were picked up in Wilmington and noticed missing in Maxton, NC along Highway 74.

Anyone with further information is asked to call 704-668-9486 or text 704-684-9247.

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