Peta’s urgent: cruel and criminal to abandon animals during Hurricane Zeta

For immediate release:
October 28, 2020

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

As Hurricane Zeta approaches – and because a tropical storm warning is now in effect for parts of Alabama, including Birmingham, Montgomery and Tuscaloosa –never keep dogs tethered or herded outside, and always bring pets with you if you need to evacuate your home.

Believe it or not, whenever there is a natural disaster, many dogs and other pets are left out to fend for themselves and even left behind when humans evacuate. Tied dogs will swim to exhaustion and drown – and there are tethered dogs everywhere. PETA’s animal rescue team witnessed first-hand the trauma the animals endure when left behind in the face of floodwater and flying debris. In previous storms we have found dead dogs. We have also found them in water up to their necks, unable to sit or lie down, and in crates almost submerged inside houses. and saw animals that were thrown by strong winds. And of course the animals are petrified in this kind of weather condition.

PETA has published a Natural disaster preparedness PSA with dean winters. Make plans to keep pets safe well before you evacuate. For more information, please visit

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