For Immediate Release:
January 9, 2023
Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382
Santa Barbara, Calif. – Since the Santa Barbara area is under a flood watch and an evacuation warning has been issued, 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. It will remind everyone to make plans to ensure the safety of their animal companions. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.