Hurricane Irma left a shocking amount of devastation. But it wasn’t just people who had to deal with the consequences. Lots of poor pooches were left behind, with little chance of surviving.
Hundreds of Abandoned Pets were sadly left to die, alone in Florida, including dogs tethered to trees during hurricane Irma. It spread across Florida causing devastation and destruction in its path. However it’s not all bad, as many pets were rescued from hurricane Irma by the animal loving people of Florida.
A lot of people went out of their way to try and save dogs and even put themselves at risk in the process. There have been hundreds of abandoned animals rescued by Palm Beach County Animal Care in the lead-up to and wake of Hurricane Irma.
It’s actually illegal in Palm Beach County to leave a dog tethered or chained up if you’re not present, and especially during extreme weather conditions such as Hurricane Irma. Despite this it was still found that a lot of animal owners chose to abandon their beloved pets.
Only specific shelters for people allow dogs, so many owners had to make very hard decisions. In an emergency if you did have to leave your pet behind, you would at least give them their best chance of surviving rather than leaving them somewhere they can’t escape from.
According to WPTV, ‘Palm Beach County Animal Care has fielded dozens of calls from concerned neighbours saying some owners evacuated the area but left their family pets behind in the direst of circumstances.’
Diane Sauve, who is head of Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control, said to WPTV “They are left in a yard, in a pen they cannot escape from or tethered to trees or poles,” It was found that a total of 42 dogs were surrendered to the shelter, 23 dogs were left behind at a mobile home park. In all, 26 dogs were rescued from The Glades area near Lake Okeechobee, reports UPI.com. Two cats were also rescued by the shelter.
The manager of St. John’s Animal Care Centre, Ryan Moore kept an eye on all the animals in the shelter throughout the hurricane, despite being in potential danger himself. There are also plenty of tales of people going round trying to help animals and dogs in distress, and taking them to animal shelters where they can get the help they need.
A littler of puppies born three days before the hurricane were saved and taken to Lake County Animal Shelter with their mother. This shelter had 225 dogs when they can only hold 150.
The Orange County Animal Shelter reported 62 extra dogs and cats transferred to their shelter in the days after Irma. Now these rescue centres face the job of finding homes for these dogs, before their centres burst at the seams.