Dozens of Tethered Dogs Rescued Before Irma Hit South Florida

Our hearts are with the animal control staffers who went out ahead of the storm to rescue the animals so callously left behind.

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Animal control workers rescued dozens dogs that were found tied to trees, cars and other things as residents fled the area ahead of Hurricane Irma.

At last count, UPI reported that Palm Beach County Animal Care had taken in 49 dogs and two cats during a two-day period, Friday and Saturday, before the brunt of the storm hit the area. About half were picked up in the Glades, per Dianne Suave, head of PBCAC. The Glades area is about 45 miles from Florida’s east coast.

“They [were left in yards], in pen[s they could not] escape from, or tethered to trees or poles,” she told WPTV-TV. “It’s unconscionable,” she said. “We will not stand for it here in Palm Beach County.”

It is illegal in Palm Beach County to leave a dog tethered or chained up if no one is present.

“This is a prime example of animal cruelty,” one official said. “We will find you, and we will prosecute you.”

More than 40 other dogs were surrendered by their owners who said they could not take them as they evacuated.

Suave said, “We are asking the public, if it is safe, consider sheltering any animals you see left outside.”

3 thoughts on “Dozens of Tethered Dogs Rescued Before Irma Hit South Florida

  1. That’s so awful – if you have to leave your dog behind, why not make sure he/she has a good chance at surviving?? Why leave an animal tethered or caged, when there’s no possibility it could save itself! Ughh, the callous stupidity of it jut frosts my butt!

  2. OMG these are the kind of people if they were the captain of a ship they would save themselves first and the passengers go down with the ship.

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