Some Palm Beach County residents who evacuated Hurricane Irma left everything behind, including pets.
Palm Beach County’s animal control officers have been hustling to rescue abandoned animals.
Some of them were loose, some were in pens, some were tethered, according to Palm Beach County's Animal Care and Control Director Dianne Sauve. She says officers rescued around 50 dogs and two cats over the past two days.
Some animals were chained to trees and parked cars.
Officials say, with a potentially deadly hurricane on the way, it’s felony animal cruelty.