Authorities Consider Felony Charges After Pets Tied Up, Abandoned in Hurricane

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Authorities Consider Felony Charges After Pets Tied Up, Abandoned in Hurricane

The charity looked after many pets after they were left in their care, but they also picked some up after they were left in pens outside homes or tied to trees or poles.

On Friday there were 42 pet owners who said they could not take their pets to where they were sheltering from the hurricane and surrendered their animals to the carers.

Palm Beach County Animal Care Director Diane Sauve said calls poured in from neighbors who found the trapped pets after their owners had left to seek safety from the storm, reports WPTV.

Two Florida law enforcement officers have died while on duty working Hurricane Irma.

Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control officers rescued 49 dogs in the days before the storm hit, all of whom were left outside to fend for themselves.

Sauve said animals left outside in a potentially deadly storm are particularly at risk.

'Even a tiny bit of sand can hurt an animal when it's traveling through 100-plus miles per hour winds'.

'We will find you, and we will prosecute you'.

In cases where she can identify the former owners, Suave stated she will press felony charges.

She and Dave Aronberg, the state prosecutor over Palm Beach County, vowed to come down hard on these cruel dog owners.

Authorities said they would take in the pet but said those who have no excuse to leave their pet behind will go on a "do not adopt list".

In Texas, several pets were left under similar circumstances, even after being told by the authorities not to leave animals behind prior to Hurricane Harvey. 'Our goal is to keep pets and people together'.

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