For Immediate Release:
March 2, 2018
Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382
Essex County, Mass. – As winter storm Riley threatens to turn from a nor’easter into a bomb cyclone and voluntary evacuation orders are in place affecting Essex County, animals are at risk and could die if left behind.
Never leave animals outdoors, tied up, crated, caged, in hutches, or confined in any other way, as they will be unable to flee rising waters. Anyone who sees animals in distress and is unable to help should note their locations and alert authorities immediately.
Anyone who evacuates and intentionally abandons animals to fend for themselves may be prosecuted.
PETA has released a disaster-preparedness public service announcement. Make plans to ensure the safety of your animal companions. For more information, visit PETA.org.