Urgent From PETA: Flood Survival Tips for Animals in Florida

For Immediate Release:
September 16, 2020

Contact:
Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va. – With floods threatening areas in Florida including Santa Rosa and Bay counties because of Hurricane Sally and a flash flood warning in effect, animals 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 natural disaster–preparedness PSA featuring Dean Winters. Make plans to ensure the safety of animal companions. For more information, please visit PETA.org.

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