For Immediate Release:
September 18, 2019
Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382
Norfolk, Va. – As a flash flood watch is in effect in your area because of Tropical Depression Imelda, animals could die if left behind during any evacuations that may occur.
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 featuring Dean Winters. Make plans to ensure the safety of animal companions. For more information, please visit PETA.org.
Counties that have been alerted to PETA’s flood survival tips include Harris County, Galveston County, Brazoria County, Chambers County, Fort Bend County, Matagorda County, Liberty County, and Wharton County, Texas.