Heroic Volunteer Rescues 6 Dogs, Left Abandoned In Locked Cage during Hurricane Florence

The Earth really could not have chosen a more friendly place to hit with a hurricane. So what do you get when you mix Southern Hospitality with Hurricane Florence? You get rescued puppies.

Genuinely heroic volunteers managed to rescue six dogs that were sadly abandoned and left to fend for themselves in a locked cage during hurricane Florence, in North Carolina.

The flood waters were rising and rising, almost to the point where the dogs drowned, but rescuers wouldn’t allow that tragedy to happen. The doggies were found barking their heads off, standing tall up on their hind legs, against the front of the cage to avoid breathing in water.


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A property in Leland, North Carolina is where these dogs were found and rescued. To escape the hurricane, the owners of those dogs abandoned the house and the animals. What kind of dog owners would leave their dogs though? I know if I were in a hurricane, my dogs would be right with my family wherever we go.

The rescue of these puppies was caught on camera, and you can see it here.

A journalist named Marcus DiPaola said on Twitter:

“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. [sic]

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! [sic]”

In the video, we can see the dogs letting out whimpering noises as Ryan Nichols of Longview, Texas, a volunteer rescuer, treads through the formidable floodwaters to save the animals. The moment they are set free, every dog swims toward the volunteers. If they were simply not locked in a cage they probably would have survived this ordeal all on their own, not that the family should have abandoned them.

On Sunday, North Carolina floodwaters reached about four feet in height, and by now, Monday morning, they may have gotten higher. A few people have passed away from the hurricane, but the property damage, and potential pollution to the Carolinas for a number of reasons are a real threat as well.

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Around 50 people had to be airlifted to safety by a helicopter after being stranded in the area, and somewhere around 26,000 people were forced to flee and evacuate their homes. Many of them took refuge in shelters.

There’s still more rain to come unfortunately, but the intensity of the storm has diminished significantly, several days into its onslaught.

Rivers will still continue rising even after the rain stops due to the amount of water that has already been dumped onto the land. Henry McMaster, the governor of South Carolina said“This is a hurricane event followed by a flood event.” The Governor of North Carolina, Roy Cooper added “This system is unloading epic amounts of rainfall, in some places measured in feet and not inches.”

According to one article:

“Numerous roads have been forced to close, with authorities also warning of the risks of landslides, tornadoes and flash floods, as well as dams and bridges in danger of collapsing as water levels rise.

In Fayetteville, a city of around 210,000 thousand people in North Carolina, residents were told to evacuate their homes due to the flood risk.”

Hurricane Florence reached as far inland into South Carolina as the city named Florence itself, causing power outages deep into the states.

Now people should definitely pay attention to this detail: National Guard troops, thousands of them, have been positioned in the area. They’re supposed to help people, but we know to take the word of authorities with a grain of salt. In this particular situation, it doesn’t seem like anything nefarious is being planned by authorities, unlike the gun confiscations that occurred in New Orleans after hurricane Katrina, but it would be wise to keep our eyes open.

However, in the south people know just how to deal with a hurricane. Ask the guy from Houston who was photographed on this air mattress during severe flooding in the past.

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The storm is now just a tropical depression and not a hurricane, but flooding continues to be a problem.

Much love to all of the people dealing with this in the Carolinas. We love the South Carolina flag, it looks like the flag of some cool Middle Eastern country with the palm tree.

 

H/T: anonymous