The dramatic landfall of Hurricane Florence is long past, but rising floodwaters from the never ending rains mean rescuers still have work to do. Many of those rescues are pets. One group came across six hunting dogs that had been left pinned in a cage. As the waters rose, the dogs were in imminent danger of drowning.
Rescued six dogs in Leland, NC, after the owner LEFT THEM locked in an outdoor cage that filled with flood water that was rapidly rising.
— Marcus DiPaola (@marcusdipaola) September 16, 2018
“Rescued six dogs in Leland, NC, after the owner LEFT THEM locked in an outdoor cage that filled with flood water that was rapidly rising,” Journalist Marcus DiPaola posted on Twitter.
“We got them out, but by the time we left, the water was so high that they would have drowned. BRING YOUR PETS WITH YOU! #HurricaneFlorence.”
Ryan Nichols of Longview, Texas, a volunteer working in the flood rescue efforts, came across the pinned dogs. The dogs could avoid the water by standing, but had no food and nowhere to sleep.
The excitement was easy to see on their faces as they made their way out of the cage and onto higher ground.
“North Carolina saw flood waters reach four feet in height on Sunday and it’s steadily rising,” The Daily Mail writes. “Flooding near the Yadkin river in Jonesville is forecast to crest at 26.6 feet.”
The death toll from the storm in North Carolina is at least twelve. The toll on pets and wildlife is much harder to determine.
Understanding the motivations of the dogs’ owner has troubled many who have seen the video. While it doesn’t excuse the abandonment, these are hunting dogs. Culturally, these are not seen as pets, and the family might even have a more domesticated breed of dog that they took with them as they evacuated.
These are hunting dogs, and there’s a big problem with people seeing them as expendable and abandoning them. Not surprised, they were left behind tbh
— This Doggo Approves 🇺🇸🌊🌬❄️ (@PegLegSally) September 17, 2018
The owners may face charges, though, all the same. The public reaction to the video has drawn attention to the plight of the animals and there are calls for their owner to answer for leaving them to drown.