KPD offers tips for preventing future animal rescues


With the record rainfall and flooding over the weekend, impacts have been seen from roadways, to schools and homes – as well as on local pets. 

Knoxville Police Department Animal Control officer Rhonda Bender stopped by the WATE 6 On Your Side newsroom studio to talk more about how pet owners can prevent future pet rescues, since KPD had to save a total of 4 furry friends during the historic weather event. 

KPD reminding people via its Facebook page during the record rainfall and flooding on Saturday, Feb. 23 to remember their pets and make arrangements for their safety. 

According to Officer Bender, the rescues tended to boil down to pet owners simply forgetting their pet left outside. 

“If your dog’s an outside pet, get them to high ground, close to the house where you can get to and monitor- or just put them in the house,” Bender said. 

During weather events, she says to make sure your pets are secure and close to the home. 

If you have questions or an event concerning Animal Control, call 865-215-7457.

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