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Animals in a PetSmart store in the Tampa Bay area were left to die during Hurricane Irma – despite the severe weather warnings, according to a whistle blower.
The informant reportedly told PETA that workers were unable to reach animals for at least two days, so some animals ran out of drinking water and some had died.
According to the report, sick and injured animals were denied medication and care for their ailments, and others had escaped from the enclosures.
PETA is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to charges and conviction for a criminal offense regarding Tampa Bay or other area stores that may have abandoned caged and confined animals.
PETA Senior Vice President of Cruelty Investigations, Daphna Nachminovitch, said: “PetSmart had ample warning to get these hamsters, birds, and other small animals out of danger, but its management abandoned them to go without sustenance and even to die.
“PETA is calling on anyone with information about such conduct in any area to come forward so that someone can be held accountable for treating living beings like disposable inventory.”
Anyone with information about PetSmart workers’ conduct during Hurricane Irma is encouraged to contact PETAhere