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State fairgrounds, Department of Agriculture allowing animal owners space during hurricane

The West Virginia State fairgrounds in Fairlea has stalls available for horses and space for horse trailers as people evacuate from Hurricane Florence. (WCHS/WVAH)

Many people who are fleeing from the line of Hurricane Florence are taking their pets with them.

The West Virginia State Fair and the state Department of Agriculture are taking steps to help horse owners fleeing the disaster. The fairground in Fairlea has stalls available for horses and space for horse trailers, officials said.

The state Department of Agriculture is waiving the paperwork normally needed to bring the animals across state lines because of the natural disaster.

For smaller animals, officials said you also need an emergency kit or “go bag” for your pets that should include a carrier, leash, collars tag and paperwork. Food, water and any medicine the animal might need should also be included.

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