Scores of dogs were left to die in Irma

Donald Trump's Mar-a Lago resort the so-called winter White House in Palm Beach

Donald Trump's Mar-a Lago resort the so-called winter White House in Palm Beach

Deputy Julie Bridges was picking up supplies for a hurricane shelter when her patrol auto crashed head-on into a vehicle driven by FDOT Sgt. Joseph Ossman, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post.

After officials rescued several dogs who were left outside to fend for themselves before Hurricane Irma, officials are saying that pet owners will be prosecuted.

Palm Beach County director of animal care Diane Suave told WPTV: 'They are left in a yard, in a pen they can not escape from or tethered to trees or poles.

"They are left in a yard, in a pen they can not escape from or tethered to trees or poles", she said.

'There is absolutely no excuse for doing that, ' agency director Dianne Suave told the Post.

Calling the behavior "animal cruelty", officials said they have been able to rescue 49 dogs and two cats who were abandoned by their owners as Irma made its way to Florida.

Both have said they intend to file felony prosecutions against anyone who left their dogs outside during the storm, provided that they can gather enough evidence against those individuals.

As for the pets who were found by authorities, their owners will not get the opportunity to leave them-or potentially any other pets-out in a storm again. While it's more common during storms, the number of surrenders was higher in the lead up to Irma.

"It's always disappointing. Our goal is to keep pets and people together".

"We are asking the public, if it is safe, consider sheltering any animals you see left outside", she said.

'But we're not a boarding facility'.

The agency set up an emergency shelter in Duncan, South Carolina, and expects to work through the week to continue moving animals to safety.

"Even a tiny bit of sand can hurt an animal when it's traveling through 100-plus miles per hour winds", Sauve said.

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