Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
Norfolk, Va. – Because Virginia Beach has issued a state of emergency and evacuation orders have been issued in Chincoteague, animals could die if left outside or left behind during floods.
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. 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.