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Rescuers help animals to higher ground in North Carolina

Groups of rescuers trained in swift water rescue techniques are working to help stranded animals out of the flooded areas of North Carolina.

BURGAW, N.C. (WHAS11) – Certified rescuers are working around the clock to reach stranded animals in the Florence floodwaters in North Carolina and move them to higher ground and out of the flooded areas.

Rescue Ranch of Statesville and Red Dog Farm of Greensboro are working together with Code 3 Associates and International Fund for Animal Welfare and the Humane Society of Missouri to rescue and care for animals in Burgaw, N.C.

The volunteers who are working to help the stranded animals are trained in swift water rescue by Code 3.

Once the animals out of the flooded areas, a mobile shelter is being set up to assess and care for the rescued animals. Red Dog Farm and Rescue Ranch are helping to set the shelter up. Rescue Ranch said all the horses are stressed out, exhausted, and scared.

Here are two horses that were rescued. Rescue Ranch said on Instragram the owner was airlifted out and is in the hospital.

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You can learn more about Code 3 by clicking here. They offering training programs to certify individuals who can then help in emergency situations.

Rescue Ranch is currently collecting the following items: animal food, crates, paper towels, towels. Monetary donations are accepted too. You can bring those items to the command center in Burgaw. To learn more about the what is needed click here, their Facebook page or call 704-768-0909.