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Reporting on the animals

The L.A. Times (need a log-in?) on animals in the disaster zone:

These are tough times in the Crescent City for both man and beast. Though Katrina's floodwaters are slowly receding, the storm and its ruinous aftermath have turned even the simplest tasks — getting some sleep, scrounging a meal not tainted with E. coli bacteria — into Herculean labors.

That's as true for the thousands of human survivors who still haven't fled their ravaged city as it is for the hundreds of dogs, cats, birds, reptiles and other pets that have been left behind to fend for themselves. Some are still grimly hanging onto life. They sit forlornly on the rooftops of flooded homes, slowly starving to death as rescuers in boats ignore them, looking for people instead. Some have even tried swimming to boats, only to be rebuffed.

The New York Times (need a log-in?), meanwhile, reports on sheltering efforts from Houston:

The Houston S.P.C.A. has opened its doors to almost 900 animals in recent days, including cats, dogs, parrots, iguanas, a pig and, even temporarily, a pet chick named Lucy, all belonging to hurricane survivors from Louisiana who are in homes and shelters in Houston that do not allow pets.

"It's become our disaster by default," said Patricia E. Mercer, the president of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals here.

September 8, 2005 in Current Affairs | Permalink

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