For Immediate Release:
December 10, 2017
Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382
Santa Barbara County, Calif. –
Because the Thomas Fire is threatening Santa Barbara County and evacuations are already taking place, animals must stay with their human guardians and will die if abandoned during any evacuations that may occur. This information will undoubtedly save many animals’ lives and avoid much human remorse.
Residents in areas affected by smoke and falling ash should keep animals indoors and avoid all outdoor activities, such as running with dogs. If visibility is less than 5 miles, smoke has compromised the air quality and reached unsafe levels. Anyone who sees animals in distress and are unable to help, should note their locations and alert authorities immediately.
Animals must never be left behind. Anyone who evacuates and intentionally abandons animals to fend for themselves may be prosecuted.
PETA’s natural disaster–preparedness public service announcement reminds everyone to make plans to ensure the safety of animal companions in advance of trouble in order to avoid being caught unprepared.