Dozens of dogs were found in south Florida before hurricane Irma hit tied up to light poles, electric poles, and trees. Palm Beach County animal control reported 50 tied-up animals were recovered and rescued. Of course, these animals had no way to escape, and many may have perished had they not been rescued. No one knows how many animals may have been missed that rescuers or the public didn’t find.
Palm Beach County Director of Animal Care Diane Suave and State Attorney Dave Aronberg said they promise to prosecute anyone who left their animals outside to fend for themselves during Hurricane Irma.
“This is a prime example of animal cruelty,” Aronberg said. “We will find you, and we will prosecute you.”
Sauve said officials will use every paper trail imaginable to track down animal cruelty offenders.
“It’s unconscionable,” she said. “We will not stand for it here in Palm Beach County.”
It’s unknown why so many animals were left tethered outside.