Urgent From PETA: Flood Survival Tips for Animals in Mattoon

For Immediate Release:
April 3, 2018

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Coles County, Ill. – As flooding threatens Mattoon and evacuations are taking place, animals are at risk and could die if left behind.

Never leave animals outdoors, tied up, crated, caged, in hutches, or confined in any other way, as they will be unable to flee rising waters. Anyone who sees animals in distress and is unable to help should note their locations and alert authorities immediately.

Anyone who evacuates and intentionally abandons animals to fend for themselves may be prosecuted.

PETA has released a disaster-preparedness public service announcement. Make plans to ensure the safety of your animal companions. For more information, visit PETA.org.

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