For Immediate Release:
September 1, 2021
Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382
Norfolk, Va. – Because areas in West Virginia are under a flash flood warning including Clarksburg, Elkins, Fairmont, and Morgantown, 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.