Recent weather extremes across Texas left many livestock owners in need of immediate assistance. The Texas Animal health commission (TAHC) responded.
"First and foremost, our thoughts are with all that have been affected by the recent severe weather events," said Dr. Dee Ellis, TAHC Executive Director. "The TAHC continues to monitor statewide storms and flooding. We are available to provide requested resources and to assist with any animal issues that arise."
After the Van tornado in North East Texas, the Region 4 staff assisted with damage assessments, communicating regularly with county and city officials, and pre-staged livestock equipment.
The TAHC is the state's lead agency for all animal issues during disasters and assists local jurisdictions with damage assessments, animal identification, and with the care, evacuation and sheltering of animals during and after disasters. Animal search and rescue operations can be facilitated at the request of the local community. The TAHC also supports carcass disposal activities working in partnership with veterinary stakeholders, fellow state agencies and industry groups.