For Immediate Release:
April 4, 2021
Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382
Manatee County, Fla. – Since Manatee County is under a state of emergency due to a breach of the Piney Point reservoir and evacuations are in place, animals could die if left behind.
Never leave animals outdoors, tied up, crated, caged, in hutches, or confined in any way, as they will be unable to flee rising waters. Anyone who sees animals in distress and is unable to help should note their locations and alert authorities immediately.
Anyone who evacuates and intentionally abandons animals to fend for themselves may be prosecuted.
PETA has released a natural disaster–preparedness PSA featuring Dean Winters. Make plans to ensure the safety of animal companions. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.