Urgent! PETA reminds residents: Do NOT leave dogs chained; take animal companions with you during hurricane evacuations

For Immediate Release:
September 2, 2019

David Perle 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va. – As Hurricane Dorian continues to churn up the east coast, PETA reminds residents never to leave dogs chained and to take their animal companions with them if they have to evacuate. Believe it or not, dogs and other animal companions—lots of them—are left behind every time there’s a natural disaster. Dogs kept on chains will swim to exhaustion and then drown, and there are chained dogs everywhere. PETA’s Animal Rescue Team has witnessed firsthand the trauma that animals endure when left behind to face the floodwaters and flying debris caused by hurricanes. During previous storms, we have found dogs dead. We have also found them up to their necks in water, unable to sit or lie down, in almost-submerged crates inside houses and seen animals who have been flung around in high winds. And of course, animals are petrified in these kinds of weather conditions.

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