Heroes Save 6 Abandoned Dogs Locked in a Cage during Hurricane Florence
A group of volunteers attempted a heroic feat and rescued six dogs that were left behind in cage in North Carolina, amid Hurricane Florence.
The dogs had almost drowned in the floods brought on by Hurricane Florence that’s wreaking havoc across the East Coast. Rescuers found the dogs panicked and barking, standing on their hind legs against the cage, desperately trying to get out.They were left locked behind in a cage in Leland, North Carolina, when their owners abandoned their property fleeing from Hurricane Florence.
“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. 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!” -writes journalist Marcus DiPaola.
One video shows the puppies weeping as volunteer Ryan Nichols from Longview, Texas, labours through the water to get to them. The moment the cage is opened, the dogs swim hurriedly towards their rescuers.
Flooding waters in North Carolina reached up to four feet in depth on Sunday, and they keep rising, according to MailOnline.
You can watch the rescue here:
Hurricane Florence has also taken numerous lives. About 50 people were left stranded in an area and had to be airlifted to safety. Another 26,000 have had to abandon their homes and head for shelters, as Reuters reports.
Despite the storm having calmed down since hitting land, it has triggered massive amounts of rainfall, with much more to come. Authorities also remind that heavy rainfall causes rivers to overflow.
South Carolina’s Governor Henry McMaster noted that “This is a hurricane event followed by a flood event.”, and Roy Cooper stated that “This system is unloading epic amounts of rainfall, in some places measured in feet and not inches.”.
Roads have been closed, and authorities are calling attention to landslides, tornadoes and flash floods, as well as collapsing bridges and dams being swept by rising water levels. The residents of Fayetteville, a city with a population of about 210,000, were advised to evacuate their homes due to the floods. To this, Mayor Mitch Colvin said at a news conference:
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
“If you are refusing to leave during this mandatory evacuation, you need to do things like notify your legal next of kin because the loss of life is very, very possible. The worst is yet to come.”
At its peak, the storm caused power outages affecting almost one million people. Floods have swept entire towns, as rescue unit struggle to restore power and bring the stranded to safety. According to AccuWeather, thousands of National Guard troops are assisting residents in the area, further aided by local volunteers.
The storm has downgraded and does not constitute a hurricane anymore, but floods keep sweeping the coast.