The Impact Hurricane Harvey Had on Animals

Michaela Teeter, Contributor

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Many animals located in Texas, Belize, Louisiana, Nicaragua, and Honduras were hit by a hurricane named Harvey. Hurricane Harvey lasted from August 25, 2017 to September 3, 2017. The animals in the hurricane were majorly impacted causing some to be abandoned.

As the hurricane approached Texas and other surrounding areas many people scrambled to get all of their supplies around and evacuate. Many people who evacuated and left early took their pets with them. Other places the hurricane hit so hard and fast many people could only get themselves out leaving their beloved pets behind. A lot of animals were left behind in the high waters; they were often left crated or in an enclosed area because of the hurricane.

Not only has Harvey affected pets, it has also affected wild animals. Hilary Hanson said: “People and pets aren’t the only ones trying to get back on their feet after Tropical Storm Harvey. Wild animals also took a hit from the record-breaking rainfall, surging floodwaters and brutal winds.”

Hurricane Harvey was described as a category 4 hurricane with winds up to 130 miles per hour. As people left their pets behind many did not make it. During the hurricane many people went out on boats and other methods of transportation to go out and rescue the people and animals left behind.

Hurricane Harvey was a devastating experience for both animals and humans located in Texas and the surrounding areas. Not only did Harvey affect your common house pets it also affected animals from small to big. Over 100 animals and 80 people have died during the storm and many more have severe injuries.

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