For Immediate Release:
September 24, 2018
Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382
Butte County, Calif. – Because the Nimshew fire is threatening Butte County and evacuation warnings have 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 other way, unable to flee.
If conditions worsen and evacuation becomes necessary, 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. PETA also offers a video about keeping animal companions safe. For more information, visit PETA.org.