For Immediate Release:
July 12, 2019
Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382
Norfolk, Va. – Because heavy rain and flooding threaten your area ahead of Tropical Storm Barry, animals could die if left behind during any possible evacuations.
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. Make plans to ensure the safety of your animal companions. For more information, please visit PETA.org.
Cities that have been alerted to PETA’s tropical storm survival tips include Jackson and Hattiesburg, MS; Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Alexandria, Cameron, and Morgan City, LA; Pensacola, FL.