Of all the asinine things people do during preparation for a storm and during the storm itself, this has to be the absolute most horrendous thing I have heard. Pet owners in Florida have evacuated the peninsula and over 50 of them left their dogs tied up outside in Palm Beach County alone.
Director of Animal Care, Diane Suave, said that these animals weren’t just left outside:
They are left in a yard, in a pen they cannot escape from or tethered to trees or poles.
Palm Beach County animal care had already rescued 49 dogs and two cats before being ordered off the streets at 2:30 p.m. EDT due to the increasing winds and hazardous conditions from Hurricane Irma. According to Suave, even something as small as a grain sand can injure an animal when it is traveling at 100+ mph due to winds.
A simple request from Suave for those people that stayed behind to weather the storm in place:
We are asking the public, if it is safe, consider sheltering any animals you see left outside.
State Attorney Dave Aronberg has sworn that these cruel owners will be found and prosecuted:
This is a prime example of animal cruelty. We will find you, and we will prosecute you.
It’s unconscionable. We will not stand for it here in Palm Beach County.
Let us hope that they follow through on that promise. It is unfathomable that people, in their haste to depart the area, could leave behind an animal. Let alone leave it tied to a stationary object that will severely limit the animal’s ability to even survive on its own.
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