For immediate release:
September 8, 2021
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
Yakima County, Washington. “As the Schneider Springs fire continues to threaten Yakima County and the evacuation continues, the animals could be killed if abandoned.
During the evacuationSmall animals such as cats, rabbits, birds, guinea pigs and gerbils should be securely placed in carriers (birds should be covered) and dogs should be kept on a secure harness and leash. Take enough food for your animals to last for several days. Horses, sheep, cows, llamas and other animals should not be locked in stalls or otherwise restrained so that they cannot escape the fire. If they cannot be removed, they should be freed to try to survive. Anyone who sees animals in danger or distress should help if possible, but if they are unable to help, their exact location should be noted and authorities should be alerted immediately.
Residents who remain in areas affected by smoke and falling ash should keep animals indoors and avoid all outdoor activities such as jogging with your dogs.
Animals should never be left behind. Anyone who evacuates and deliberately leaves animals to take care of themselves can be held accountable.
Remember to plan for safety all companion animals in advance so as not to be caught off guard:
PETA released public fire preparedness service announcement with Dean Winters. PETA also invites you to share a video on how to keep companion animals safe during fires.
For more information please visitPETA.org…