PETA’s urgent appeal in Pensacola: it is cruel – and criminal – to abandon animals during tropical storms


For immediate release:
June 20, 2021

Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382

Pensacola, Florida. – With the tropical storm warning still in effect for the greater Pensacola area, PETA reminds people to never leave their dogs tethered or in paddocks outside and always bring their companion animals with them if they need to be evacuated their homes.

Believe it or not, every time a natural disaster strikes, many dogs and other companion animals stay outside to take care of themselves, and even stay after people have been evacuated. Leashed dogs will swim to exhaustion and drown – and tethered dogs are everywhere. PETA Animal Rescue Team has witnessed the injuries that animals receive when they are thrown, when they are faced with flooding and flying debris. We found dead dogs in previous storms. We also found them up to their throats in water, unable to sit or lie down, and in nearly flooded boxes inside houses. and saw animals that were blown away by a strong wind. And, of course, the animals are petrified in such weather conditions.

PETA released PSA – Disaster Preparedness with Dean Winters… It reminds people to plan for the safety of their companion animals long before evacuation. For more information please visit

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