For Immediate Release:
March 12, 2018
Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382
Portland, Ore. – As a five-alarm fire is threatening northeast Portland and evacuations are taking place, animals must be kept with their guardian(s) and will die if abandoned. Already, at least 16 cats have reportedly died because of the fire.
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.
Animals must never be left behind. Anyone who evacuates and intentionally abandons animals to fend for themselves may be prosecuted.