Urgent From PETA: Flood Survival Tips for Animals in Mississippi

For Immediate Release:
August 30, 2021

Contact:
Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va. – Because areas of Mississippi are under a flash flood warning, including Columbus, Hattiesburg, and Jackson, animals could die if left behind in the event that evacuations are ordered.

Never leave animals outdoors, tied up, crated, caged, in hutches, or confined in any other 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.

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