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September 28, 2010

Prepare Your Pet for the Storm

Broward County Animal Care and Regulation reminds all pet owners to take appropriate steps to protect their pets as Tropical Depression 16 approaches South Florida.

Broward County has been placed under a Tropical Storm Warning and Flood Watch by the National Weather Service. A Flood Watch is effective as of 4 p.m. today. The anticipated impact of this system is expected to be torrential rainfall and the potential for significant flooding, with the possibility of tropical storm force winds over parts of the area.

"Such weather is dangerous for both dogs and cats. We are asking residents with pets to bring them inside until the storm passes," said Lisa Mendheim, public education coordinator, Broward County Animal Care and Regulation.

During heavy rains, Broward County Animal Care recommends that pets be kept away from windows and patios. In addition, dog owners should prepare an area in the house or garage with training pads/newspaper for bathroom needs. A Broward County pet license should also be worn by all dogs and cats. The license tag helps to identify the pet in case it becomes lost.

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