Urgent From PETA: Tornado Survival Tips for Animals in South Carolina

For Immediate Release:
March 18, 2021

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Charleston, S.C. – Because a watch for tornadoes has been issued for the Charleston area, PETA is sharing tips for keeping animals safe.

  • Animals should never be left chained or penned up outside, where they have no escape from strong winds, flying debris, and collapsing structures. Dogs have been sucked into the air—doghouse and all—during tornadoes, so animals must be brought inside to safety.
  • Guardians must also bring animals with them if it becomes necessary to move to a stronger structure or take shelter underground.
  • Anyone who sees animals in distress and is unable to help should note the animals’ locations and alert authorities immediately.

PETA has released these disaster-preparedness public service announcements. This video stars Dean Winters, and this one tells the real-life story of a man reunited with his dog after a tornado. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow us on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram.

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