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.”