For Immediate Release:
June 21, 2018
Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382
Hidalgo County, Texas – As flooding threatens south-central Hidalgo County and rescues have taken place, animals are at risk and could die if left behind during evacuations.
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 disaster-preparedness public service announcement. Make plans to ensure the safety of your animal companions. For more information, please visit PETA.org.