For Immediate Release:
July 16, 2018
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
Mariposa County, Calif. – As the Ferguson fire threatens Mariposa County and evacuation notices have been issued, please include in your coverage that animals must be kept indoors and will die if abandoned during evacuations. This information will undoubtedly save many animals’ lives and avoid much human remorse.
Residents in areas affected by smoke and falling ash should keep animals indoors and avoid all outdoor activities, such as running with dogs. If visibility is less than 5 miles, smoke has compromised the air quality and reached unsafe levels. 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 wildfire-preparedness public service announcement. It will remind everyone to make plans to ensure the safety of animal companions in advance of trouble in order to avoid being caught unprepared. For more information, visit PETA.org.