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Dept. urges pet owners to plan for Tropical Storm Karen

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The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry is closely monitoring the track of Tropical Storm Karen. At this time, the southeastern part of the Louisiana coast could be impacted by storm surge, winds and rain.

Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., said, "While we have had a quiet storm season so far, this is a prime example of why we should always be vigilant this time of year with our preparations in the event tropical weather threatens us. Livestock and pet owners should have a plan in place and make arrangements ahead of time to move their animals in the event flooding may occur."

Cattle and horse owners should identify an area on their property that is least likely to flood and where livestock can quickly and easily be moved when severe weather threatens the area.

Livestock trailers should be checked for tire pressure, tire wear, brakes, running lights and overall condition. If animals are moved, health records, food, medications, bridles or leads should accompany the animals. Proper identification for livestock that are evacuated is crucial during a natural disaster.

Livestock owners who need assistance should call their local Office of Emergency Preparedness for a list of veterinarians and trained professionals who can assist.

For more information on emergency preparations for livestock and pets, visit www.LDAF.la.gov  and click on the Emergency Programs icon on the right hand side of the page. For more information on how to prepare a family and business plan, go to www.getagameplan.org.

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