Owners Who Left Their Pets To Drown During Hurricane Irma Face Felony Charges

“These are things that are not unexpected during a situation like this,” she said. “It’s always disappointing. Our goal is to keep pets and people together.”

They won’t be able to reclaim their pets when they return, Sauve told the Sun-Sentinel.

“We are pretty clear when you surrender your animal you give up your rights,” she said.

The animal agency also gave tips on how to treat and handle dogs during the hurricane.

– Don’t let your dog out right after the storm passes, it’s going to be confused by the damage and debris. Animal caretakers see an a spike in animal injuries after storms because animals get cut and caught on debris.

– If you come upon an abandoned pet, use caution. The combination of confused dogs and stressed people result in an uptick of dog bites after storms.

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