For Immediate Release:
October 26, 2020
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
Orange County, Calif. – Because the Silverado fire is threatening areas across Orange County and evacuations are underway, animals 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.
Animals must never be left behind. Anyone who evacuates and intentionally abandons animals to fend for themselves may be prosecuted.
PETA has prepared a wildfire-preparedness public service announcement featuring Dean Winters. For more information, visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.