For Immediate Release:
March 20, 2018
Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382
Duval County, Fla. – As a tornado warning has been issued for counties in Florida (including Flagler, St. Johns, Clay, Nassau, Duval, Putnam, Gilchrist, Marion and Columbia), animals are at risk and can be injured or killed, too.
Animals should never be left chained or penned up outside, where they can’t escape from strong winds, flying debris, or collapsing structures. Dogs have been sucked into the air—doghouse and all—during tornadoes, so please advise listeners to take animals inside to safety. Anyone who sees animals in distress and is unable to help should note the location and alert authorities immediately.
You must bring animals with you if it becomes necessary to move to a stronger structure or take shelter underground.
PETA has released a disaster-preparedness public service announcement. Make plans to ensure the safety of your animal companions in advance of trouble, to avoid being caught unprepared. For more information, please visit PETA.org.