Hurricane Irma has certainly brought out the best in some people, but stories are now filtering in from Florida that are downright despicable as well.
As the Florida peninsula prepares for one of the most devastating storms in the history of our nation, a great many Americans have banded together to make this harrowing ordeal a little less terrifying for their fellow countrymen. The city of Atlanta in particular, who themselves will be facing Tropical Storm Irma early next week, has rolled out the red carpet for evacuees from the south, including giving away free Atlanta Braves tickets, discounts in restaurants throughout the City Too Busy to Hate, and even free beer at several of the Peach State’s breweries.
This has certainly given us a look at the bright side of American tragedies, where the nation comes together to assist one another in trying times.
In West Palm Beach, however, police have uncovered one of the cruelest acts imaginable, hopefully in time to protect those affected before the storm wreaks havoc on the city.
“West Palm Beach officials rescued more than 50 animals that Florida pet owners abandoned just before Hurricane Irma made landfall Saturday, Tampa Bay NBC affiliate WPTV reported.
“Palm Beach County Animal Care reports animal control officers have scooped up 49 dogs and two cats since Friday.
“’These are literally dogs whose owners had gone and they were left either in pens or in yards they were not able to get out of or tethered or chained,’ Director of Animal Care Diane Suave said to WPTV. ‘It’s pretty horrific. You have these unbelievable winds that are blowing and every little item is a projectile which can flay the skin off an animal.’”
While evacuating is certainly a difficult thing to do, especially when you include the hardy stock that many Floridians come from, there is still no excuse for this horrific behavior.
Governor Rick Scott of Florida has made specific strategic decisions in order to accommodate family pets during this trying time, including opening up shelters to families and their furry companions, as well as imploring hotels throughout the southeast to waive their standard pet rules in the event that evacuees wind up on their doorstep with Fido or Fluffy.