Pets now welcome at Quakeville campout/drill

People grabbed pets ahead of valuable items in San Bruno gas-main explosion and fire

Pets will now be allowed at tonight's "Quakeville" emergency-preparedness campout/drill at Juana Briones Park -- thanks to Thursday's gas-main explosion and fire in San Bruno.

Quakeville organizer Lydia Kou changed her mind to allow pets because of the recent fire disaster in San Bruno. Kou said she heard stories of how people grabbed their pets first and left many other valuable objects in their homes to burn.

"Maybe pets are something we need to put as a top priority," Kou said. "If people are going to be grabbing their pets in disaster circumstances, then they should be allowed here."

Any type of pet will be allowed, according to Kou, as long as they are kept on-leash, contained and under control. People do not need to register their pets in advance, but will have to sign-up their animals at the event. Pet-owners will then be clustered together into one area of the park.

"I hope it doesn't become a circus," Kou said.

As of today, 48 people have signed up for Quakeville. Kou will be bringing her six-pound Maltese and said she expects mostly dogs.

She said that reptiles, such as snakes and iguanas, are allowed but owners must take extra caution so not to scare other participants.

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