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Hurricane Dorian is still far away from Iredell County, but the effects are being felt – at least by one local animal rescue group.

Mooresville-based Piedmont Animal Rescue is taking in dogs from shelters along the coast, said director Jason Benge.

He said he received a call Sunday asking if PAR could take in dogs in areas that may be hit by the hurricane.

Benge said shelters in Horry County, South Carolina, Carteret County, Wilmington and West Palm Beach, Florida have contacted PAR to take in dogs and clear their shelters.

“This will empty their shelters so that (they) can take in dogs that get lost in flood waters,” he said.

Benge said PAR received 34 dogs from Horry County, and is expecting more to arrive from Carteret County and Wilmington later this week.

He said the dogs received so far range from 8 weeks old to 10 years old and are all shapes and sizes. All are available for immediate adoption, Benge said. The dogs were in shelters as either owner-surrenders or strays that were available for adoption before being brought to PAR.

The dogs are at PAR’s facility at 228 E. Waterlynn Road, Mooresville.

PAR is open every day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and these dogs will be among those available at the organization’s adoption fair Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information contact PAR at 704-360-4262 or visit www.piedmontanimalrescue.com.

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