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Humane Society of La. advises pet, livestock owners prepare for Tropical Storm Cristobal

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Posted at 1:28 PM, Jun 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-07 14:30:45-04

With Tropical Storm Cristobal expected to make landfall in a few hours along the Gulf Coast and causing possible heavy rainfall, storm surges, and flooding, the Humane Society of Louisiana is urging pet and livestock owners to take steps to protect their animals.

The Humane Society encourages pet owners to keep their animals inside for the next day or two and move their livestock to higher ground to avoid being trapped by the rising waters, according to a press release by the Humane Society of Louisiana.

They also remind pet owners of the new law that went into effect in August 2018, which prohibits leaving pets outside during a declared natural disaster or state of emergency. While Governor Edwards has not declared a state of emergency for any parts of Louisiana, it is still a useful benchmark for pet owners to follow.

The Humane Society also encourages pet owners to make sure their animals are microchipped, tagged, tattooed, or a combination of all three. Properly identifying pets often ensures a pet will be reunited with its owner if separated during a disaster. Plus, the organization recommends that pet owners have a three to five day supply of pet food on hand if roads become inaccessible and to keep their pets' medical records and medicine in a safe and dry area, according to the release.

"Preparation is the key to dealing with disasters. It's often challenging and very difficult to rescue animals during or immediately after an event. It is always preferable to place animals in safe and secure areas ahead of any severe weather conditions so that rescuing them won't be necessary," said Jeff Dorson, HSLA Director.

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