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For an unconscionable reason, pet owners in Palm Beach County, Florida, left dozens of animals tethered to trees or in crates as they themselves fled the region to find shelter. Director of Animal Care Diane Suave told WPTV that many of the pets were “left in a yard, in a pen they cannot escape from or tethered to trees or poles.”
Within a 48-hour period, officers with Palm Beach County Animal Care rescued 49 dogs and two cats. Said Suave, “Even a tiny bit of sand can hurt an animal when it’s traveling through 100-plus mph winds.” That’s reason for concern, considering Hurricane Irma sustained winds exceeding 150 mph. The animals who were left tied to trees would have died, had not animal control rescued them first.
Unfortunately, the officers weren’t able to rescue all of the pets that were abandoned by their owners. At 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, animal control workers were pulled off the road as Hurricane Irma’s winds had sustained 35 mph in the local vicinity. The conditions were just too dangerous. “We are asking the public, if it is safe, consider sheltering any animals you see left outside,” Sauve said at the time.
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This reality is tragic, no doubt. Fortunately, both Suave and State Attorney Dave Aronberg have promised to prosecute anyone who is found to have left their animals outside to fend for themselves during the Category 5 natural disaster. Said Aronberg, “This is a prime example of animal cruelty. We will find you, and we will prosecute you.”
Suave added that officials will use “every paper trail imaginable to track down animal cruelty offenders.” She said, “It’s unconscionable. We will not stand for it here in Palm Beach County.” We couldn’t agree more.
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