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People Fled Irma, Left Dogs Tied Up

Scores of animals left behind, surrendered in Palm Beach County ahead of massive storm
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 10, 2017 6:03 AM CDT
People Fled Irma, Left Dogs Tied Up
Two pet dogs wait while their owner registers them with the pet evacuation team at the Savannah Civic Center, Saturday, Sept., 9, 2017 in Savannah, Ga. Scores of dog owners in Palm Beach County, Fla., left behind pets, some of them tied up outside.   (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

(Newser) – As Floridians fled the wrath of Hurricane Irma, scores left behind man's best friend—some of them tied up, in pens, or in fenced yards, reports the Sun Sentinel. Authorities in Palm Beach County found 49 dogs in such circumstances, while shelters took in an influx of animals surrendered by their owners. Those owners who surrendered nearly 60 dogs and cats shouldn't show up looking to get them back after the storm passes, says the director of Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control. "We are pretty clear when you surrender your animal you give up your rights," she says. The county is running a storm shelter that allows pets that still had 45 vacancies Saturday night. Those who left animals trapped or stranded outside face felony animal cruelty, and animal control officers were searching out such pets until winds hit 35mph. (Read more Hurricane Irma stories.)

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