For Immediate Release:
September 13, 2019
Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382
Norfolk, Va. – As Invest 95L––the tropical system that could develop into Tropical Storm Humberto––effects your area, animals are at risk, and can be injured or killed, too.
Animals should never be left tied up or confined to crates, pens, or hutches, as they will be trapped and unable to flee rising waters. (Please click on the hyperlinks to see photos of dogs who were left outside during past storms.)
PETA has released a disaster-preparedness public service announcement featuring Dean Winters. Make plans to ensure the safety of animal companions in advance of trouble, to avoid being caught unprepared. For more information, please visit PETA.org.
Should conditions worsen and evacuations be ordered, animals must never be left behind. Anyone who evacuates and intentionally abandons animals to drown or starve may be prosecuted. During Hurricane Irma, more than 50 tethered cats and dogs were rescued by animal control officers in Palm Beach County, Florida, and authorities announced that they would pursue felony cruelty-to-animals charges against anyone found to have left animals behind to die.