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USA: Animal shelters reaching 'full capacity' as Hurricane Dorian nears Florida

United States, Melbourne
September 04, 2019 at 00:53 GMT +00:00 · Published

Pet owners were were evacuating their animals to shelters across Florida on Tuesday, as Hurricane Dorian nears the US coastline.

Brevard County Animal Shelter in Melbourne vowed to stay open throughout the storm, providing refuge to pets who are unable to stay at their owners side.

The Wickham Park Community Center also opened its doors to pet lovers.

Hurricane Dorian was downgraded to a category two storm on Tuesday morning, as it slowly moves towards the eastern US coast.

The Bahamas bored the brunt of the hurricane, which stayed as a category five storm for over 24 hours with 185mph (298kmph) winds. It has been reported as the second-strongest Atlantic hurricane on record.

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Pet owners were were evacuating their animals to shelters across Florida on Tuesday, as Hurricane Dorian nears the US coastline.

Brevard County Animal Shelter in Melbourne vowed to stay open throughout the storm, providing refuge to pets who are unable to stay at their owners side.

The Wickham Park Community Center also opened its doors to pet lovers.

Hurricane Dorian was downgraded to a category two storm on Tuesday morning, as it slowly moves towards the eastern US coast.

The Bahamas bored the brunt of the hurricane, which stayed as a category five storm for over 24 hours with 185mph (298kmph) winds. It has been reported as the second-strongest Atlantic hurricane on record.

W/S Brevard County Animal Shelter, Melbourne, Florida

M/S Horses in shelter

C/U Horse staying in shelter

M/S Brevard County Animal Shelter reception

W/S Inside shelter

C/U Volunteer taking care of dog

M/S Dog staying at shelter

M/S Dogs at shelter

W/S Small dogs in shelter cages

C/U Dog left at shelter

M/S Volunteers and visitors carrying bag with food for next days

M/S Volunteers and visitors carrying bag with food for next days

W/S Volunteer walking dog

C/U Volunteer

W/S Pet owners giving interview to journalist

M/S Dogs in pet carrier

W/S Pet owner approaches camera

M/S Owner and pet dog

C/U Dog

SOT, pet owner: "Because I live in a mobile home and it's about to fall apart. It will not make it through the storm and this place has opened up for the animals for people with pets because they're like my children."

M/S Brevard County Animal Shelter's cars parked outside

W/S Traffic lights swaying in strong winds

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