Gimme Shelter: FedEx teams with National Basketball Association to evacuate pets in Irma aftermath

Lester Mason
September 17, 2017

Hurricane Irma passed through Florida last weekend, causing flooding, power outages, and so far, 26 confirmed deaths Amid the chaos of Irma's destruction and recent efforts to begin rebuilding, some of Florida's furriest friends were left behind.

Offenders could see themselves facing felony animal cruelty charges, and none of those who abandoned their animals will be able to get them back. Palm Beach prosecutors said they intend to hold offenders accountable.

Officers of the Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control gathered about 40 dogs, most of which they found tied to poles or left in their outside cages. According to WPTV, those pet owners could face prosecution.

Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control Director Dianne Sauve told WPTV News 49 dogs and two cats were picked up in the hours before Irma made landfall September 9. "There's no excuse for leaving your pet behind to die".

In Palm Beach County, tieing an animal to a tree and leaving it alone is a crime.

If they evacuated to a storm shelter, they just couldn't bring their pets with them.

As they search to convict negligent pet owners, Palm Beach County Animal Care is also desperately seeking people to foster of adopt pets from the shelter, which is now full with over 100 pets. She said that tying a dog up at any time is illegal, but the unsafe weather associated with the storm raises the crime to a felony. "It's unconscionable", Sauve said.

Florida residents fled their homes ahead of Hurricane Irma's impending devastation, but dozens of evacuees chained their dogs to trees or parked cars outside before heading inland. Sauve also emphasized that there is a significant need for people to adopt the animals that have been abandoned or displaced by the storm, asking that those who can help do.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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