The animals were tied to trees or cars, trapped in fenced yards and locked in crates. The pets belonged to people who evacuated their homes as Hurricane Irma approached. Palm Beach County Humane authorities reported finding and rescuing 49 dogs and two cats during the past 48 hours. Director Diane Sauve said calls poured in from neighbors who found the trapped pets after their owners had left to seek safety from the storm, reports WPTV Sauve said officials will use every paper trail imaginable to track down animal cruelty offenders. “It’s unconscionable,” she said. “We will not stand for it here in Palm Beach County.” Florida State Attorney Dave Aronberg said people who left their pets to ride out the storm will be found. Leaving pets behind when evacuating is a violation of the law. "This is a prime example of animal cruelty," Aronberg said. "We will find you, and we will prosecute you." Director Diana Sauve and State Attorney Dave Aronberg said they promise to prosecute anyone who left their animals outside to fend for themselves during Hurricane Irma.