Prison Swapped Inmates For Animals As Irma Loomed

As hurricane Irma made its way toward the coast of Miami, the Monroe County Sherriff’s Office sent 426 inmates to Palm Beach County in order to house 250 animals in order to protect them from the storm.

The animals, which included horses sheep, alpacas, alligators a sloth and an emu, were relocated from a sanctuary for abandoned, donated confiscated and injured animals.

The story was one of many that played out across the state of Florida as Irma approached. Five dolphins were relocated from their pool in the Florida Keys to a temporary enclosure in Central Florida and the humane society in Tampa Bay was looking for temporary foster care for more than 100 dogs.

Other facilities that house larger exotic animals, such as zoos, sanctuaries and theme parks, opted to keep animals on their premises, keeping some of them in buildings designed to withstand hurricane-force winds and flooding while others were left in their normal habitats to prevent them from becoming too agitated and give them the optimum chance for survival.

Read more at Palm Beach Post.

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