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Dozens of dogs abandoned, left unable to escape as Irma bears down

Dozens of dogs abandoned, left unable to escape as Irma bears down”

The pets belonged to residents who evacuated their homes as Hurricane Irma approached.

Before Irma hit the southern part of Florida, Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control recovered nearly 40 dogs, many of which were tied up, in pens or enclosed yards, unable to escape.

Florida State Attorney Dave Aronberg said people who left their pets to ride out the storm will be found. Some were tied up, others were in pens or in enclosed yards, unable to escape.

"Even a tiny bit of sand can hurt an animal when it's traveling through 100-plus miles per hour winds", Sauve said.

Animal control officers were slowly pulled off the road at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

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"We are asking the public, if it is safe, consider sheltering any animals you see left outside", she said.

"This is a prime example of animal cruelty", Aronberg said.

Sauve said authorities will track down the offenders.

Deputy Julie Bridges was picking up supplies for a hurricane shelter when her patrol auto crashed head-on into a vehicle driven by FDOT Sgt. Joseph Ossman, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post.



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