Authorities in Florida want to press charges against heartless pet owners who left their dogs outside as Hurricane Irma struck.
Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control officers reportedly rescued around 40 dogs, with some tied to poles or simply left in outside pens.
Dianne Sauve who is the Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control director, said abandonment is one of the ‘worst things someone can do to their pet’.
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Sauve, speaking to USA Today added:
There is absolutely no excuse for doing that. These are things that are not unexpected during a situation like this.
It’s always disappointing. Our goal is to keep pets and people together.
Dianne, along with Dave Aronberg – who is the state prosecutor for Palm Beach County – have vowed to ‘come down hard’ on the owners of the dogs.
— Florida Dept. Health (@HealthyFla) September 10, 2017
Speaking to the New York Post, Mr Aronberg said:
This is a prime example of animal cruelty.
We will find you, and we will prosecute you.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) also worked with animals as Hurricane Irma struck Florida.
Officers rescued around 600 animals who were left in shelters or abandoned during the storm.
ASPCA Vice President Tim Rickey said in a statement:
It’s critical for pet owners to consider their animals when preparing for any disaste, and we strongly urge them to always bring their animals with them if they have to evacuate their home
The ASPCA stands ready to assist animals in Hurricane Irma’s path, but the first and best line of defence for a pet will always be a well-prepared owner.
Pets are for life, if you can’t commit to having one, then don’t!