As the nation’s attention was focused on who would be the next president the day after the Nov. 3 election, Sierra Graves was busy grabbing as many of her and her three children’s belongings as she could. Just 10 minutes later, sheriff’s deputies knocked on her apartment door to evict her.
Graves, 31, rushed through her apartment in Rural Hall, N.C., gathering what her family would need for the next few days until they could find a more permanent location for their possessions. She grabbed the Chromebook her kids have been using to do virtual schoolwork since the coronavirus pandemic closed schools. She made sure to take the black work pants she would need to start her job waiting tables at the Crazy Crab seafood restaurant in nearby Winston-Salem.
But then one of the deputies said she’d need to take her family’s dog, too. That was a problem, because Graves wasn’t yet sure where they would be spending the night.
“I thought, ‘You’re kicking my dog out, too?’” Graves told MarketWatch. “It gets so cold at night, so all I could think about is, ‘Am I going to get charged now with animal cruelty because my dog is going to be outside somewhere?’”