NJ launches pet-rescue effort after Sandy

November 2, 2012 11:28:33 AM PDT
New Jersey officials have a new system to try to save pets left behind as their owners evacuated the shore because of Superstorm Sandy.

The state Agriculture Department has set up a hotline for owners to let animal control officials know that they left animals behind so that animal rescue workers can try to locate the dogs, cats and other critters and move them to shelters.

Officials say it's a way to keep residents from trying to get into places where it is still dangerous to go.

The hotline number is 855-407-4787.