For Immediate Release:
April 23, 2019
Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382
Norfolk, Va. – As Maine’s Severe Weather Awareness Week is approaching, we ask that you please include animals in your emergency plans—this will undoubtedly save many animals’ lives and avoid much human remorse.
Animals should never be left outdoors, tied up, crated, caged, in hutches, or confined in any way, as they will be unable to flee rising floodwaters or escape from strong winds, flying debris, and collapsing structures during severe storms. Dogs have been sucked into the air—doghouse and all—during tornadoes, so animals must be brought indoors to safety. Anyone who sees animals in distress and is unable to help should note their locations and alert authorities immediately.
PETA has released a disaster-preparedness public service announcement. Ensure the safety of animal companions in advance of trouble, to avoid being caught unprepared.
More information is available at PETA.org.
Cities that have been alerted to PETA’s severe weather tips include Presque Isle, Augusta, Bangor, Lewiston, and Portland, ME.