Earlier this week, six dogs that were locked in a cage were rescued by emergency volunteers in Longview, Texas. The dogs were abandoned and nearly drowned in the flood waters caused by Hurricane Florence. Thankfully, the rescue workers got there in time to release the dogs that were stuck in the cage. The dogs were already standing on their hind legs to get above the flood waters.
A video was posted on social media by Marcus DiPaola, a journalist that accompanied the volunteers. He showed how the dogs were barking and howling to be let out of the cages that they were in. If the rescue workers hadn’t gotten there in time, it was likely that the waters would have risen and the dogs could have very well drowned.
“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! #HurricaneFlorence” said DiPaola in a tweet. The tweet has since gone viral with several people sharing the sentiment of taking care of your pets when natural disasters hit.
The video shows one volunteer worker, Ryan Nichols, wade through the flood water to free the dogs. As soon as the gate was opened, the dogs swam towards the volunteers then scampered to a nearby wooded area that wasn’t under water.