Scores of dogs were left to die in Irma

Over 50 Animals Found Abandoned In West Palm Beach, Tied Up Outside As Irma Approaches

State Attorney Dave Aronberg has promised to prosecute anyone who left animals tied up outside during Hurricane Irma. "We will find you, and we will prosecute you". Many of them were left tied to poles or in outside pens, officials said to the New York Post.

Dogs left in pens and parked cars, and even dogs chained up or tethered to trees, have been among the hundreds of abandoned animals rescued by Palm Beach County Animal Care in the lead-up to and wake of Hurricane Irma. Luckily, Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control was able to rescue 40 dogs before the storm hit land.

In Palm Beach animal control officers rescued 49 dogs and two cats in 48 hours this weekend.

Sauve said animals left outside in a potentially deadly storm are particularly at risk.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office posted on social media that two on-duty LEO's were involved in a head-on collision during the storm.

Dogs sit inside their cages as hundreds of people gather in a pet-friendly emergency shelter. Source Getty
Dogs sit inside their cages as hundreds of people gather in a pet-friendly emergency shelter. Source Getty

In Palm Beach, pet owners who surrender their animals may have a stain on their record, which could also be held against them if they try to rescue another pet in the future.

She added: 'It's unconscionable.

Numerous animals rescued prior to Irma's arrival were tied to poles or left outside in pens, authorities explained.

Courtney Jolly, director of public relations and marketing for the Naples Zoo, said: 'We have set hurricane plans and procedures already in place at the beginning of hurricane season every year'.

As Hurricane Irma continues to wreak havoc on the cities of Florida, one thing that is on many people's minds are the animals.

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