I've been gone for aouple of days, so apologies if this has been posted previously.
Congress hears the complaints of pet owners who refuse to leave their four-legged family members behind during storm evacuations. A new federal bill called PETS, or the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act, would require local and state governments to have evacuation and relief plans for people with pets, including pet-friendly shelters. Otherwise local emergency management officials could lose federal dollars.
But local leaders say past experience proves the issue is more complex. Last year Port St. Lucie City officials turned city hall into a makeshift employee and pet shelter and say it did not go well. Leaders say you have to consider the fact that people have all kinds of animals, not just dogs and cats. They worry about people trying to bring snakes and other exotic pets to shelters.
The bill comes after countless people refused to evacuate the Gulf Coast because they had no where to take their animals.