“If passed, leaving companion animals restrained outdoors during natural disasters would be considered an act of animal cruelty under state law. The crime, classified as a first-degree misdemeanor, could mean a fine of up to $5000 or a year in jail.
Countless forgotten animals died during Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Michael in just the past few years. We cannot let more furry family members become a tragic statistic.
“Tethering them up during disasters is like sentencing them to death,” said Aakash Patel, Tampa, Florida, resident evacuated prior to Hurricane Irma, to AccuWeather.”