Currituck animal shelter, haunted by memories of Matthew, had to evacuate Florence flooding


CURRITUCK, Co. (WAVY) — A Currituck County animal shelter evacuated dogs after waters from Hurricane Florence flooded its building, just two years after Hurricane Matthew did the same. 

Scott Bailey founded Save a Dog, Save a Cat in 2007.

“I started SAD-SAC because I used to work at the animal shelter and there’s a lot of dogs that go into the shelter that don’t come out. I’m trying to keep that from happening,” he said.

Bailey then adopts the dogs out into the community.

Right now, he’s sheltering eight dogs.

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He was concerned about the approach of Hurricane Florence.

That concern grew Monday when he says the water started to rise and triggered memories of what the place went through during Hurricane Matthew.

“That was probably one of the most sickening experiences I had. I felt helpless. The dogs kept falling off the bed. I had stuff underneath them to keep them afloat,” Bailey said.

Back in October 2016, 10 On Your Side reported about the foundation.

For many hours, Bailey says he rotated through the kennel holding dogs above the water to keep them safe.

He learned his lesson then.

“They can’t stay safe in this type of environment very long,” he said.

On Tuesday, volunteers came to relocate the dogs to higher and drier ground.

It’s a temporary spot but they’ll have a permanent spot in his heart forever.

He says he’s just lucky it wasn’t worse.

“I’m just happy. This is all we had. We’re blessed,” he said.

For more information about the foundation, visit

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