For Immediate Release:
August 16, 2018
Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382
Essex, Mont. – Because the Paola Ridge fire is threatening the Essex area and an evacuation warning has been issued, animals must be kept indoors and will die if abandoned during any evacuations that may occur.
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.
Trapped horses and other animals can’t outrun wildfires. They should never be locked in their stalls or confined in any way, unable to flee.
Animals must never be left behind. Anyone who evacuates and intentionally abandons animals to fend for themselves may be prosecuted.
PETA has released a wildfire-preparedness public service announcement. Make plans to ensure the safety of animal companions in advance of trouble in order to avoid being caught unprepared. For more information, please visit PETA.org.