For Immediate Release:
July 29, 2019
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
Helena, Mont. – As the North Hills fire threatens North Helena, and because a state of emergency has been declared and evacuation notices have 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.
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.
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 during fires for you to share. For more information, visit PETA.org.