Pets evacuated from South Carolina arrive in RI


MIDDLETOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — While hundreds of thousands of people have fled the southeastern US coast to escape Florence’s wrath, many animals have also been moved from the area due to the storm.

The Potter League for Animals in Middletown took in 17 dogs and a cat from South Carolina. Executive Director Brad Shear said they should be available for adoption by next week.

“Everything from little hounds and puppies to huge mastiffs,” Shear said Friday.

The animals are a long way from home but also a long way from the dangers created by Florence. They had been living at a shelter in Aiken County, South Carolina, an inland facility that needed to make way for pets and other shelter animals from coastal areas facing the brunt of the storm.

“It sort of created this chain of animal movement from shelter to shelter to make sure they’re safe and away from the most dangerous areas,” Shear added. “It’s really the only option for these animals in many cases.”

Shear said getting animals out of the storm’s path is also important for their caretakers.

“It does put animals at risk, it also puts the people at risk who stay to take care of them, and then it could put first responders at risk who go in and try to save those people,” he explained.

With hurricane season in full swing, Shear said Rhode Island could one day be on the other side of this transaction.

“We know we’re a coastal state and we may need to do the opposite some day,” he said, “so we all really help each other as much as possible.”

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