Urgent From PETA: Wildfire Survival Tips for Animals

For Immediate Release:
July 2, 2018

Contact:
Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Frisco, Colo. – As the Weston Pass fire threatens Park County and an evacuation notice has been issued, animals are at risk and must be kept indoors and will die if abandoned.

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.

If conditions worsen and more evacuations 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. For more information, visit PETA.org.

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