Travis County Expo Center activated as evacuation site for large animals

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The Travis County Exposition Center has been activated as an evacuation site for large animals displaced by Hurricane Harvey. The National Hurricane Center says weather conditions are deteriorating along the Texas coast as Hurricane Harvey nears landfall.

Water levels are rising and winds are already blowing with tropical storm force.

Although Texas coastal communities face the greatest threat from hurricane events, inland communities can also be impacted. Stay weather aware, and learn how to protect yourself your family, pets and livestock before, during, and after a hurricane.

According to site manager Randle Jackson, the Expo Center will be open 24 hours through the hurricane. Owners can come and go as needed and sheriffs will be doing patrols to make sure animals are safe.

No exotic animals are being allowed at the Travis County Exposition Center.

There is no cost associated with accessing shelter, however, owners will still be responsible for feeding their animals as well as the overall care of their animals throughout their stay.