Dogs are family. They should be treated like family. Dogs should be allowed to roam free in the event of catastrophe.
Unfortunately, this dog was left tied to a telephone post and left to the elements during Hurricane Harvey.
A photo taken by Daily Mail shows the ill-fated dog left tied to the post in Victoria, Texas as water around him rises. Thankfully, Daily Mail photographer Ruaridh Connellan released the dog and brought it to safety.
Connellan could stop thinking about the dog he saved that day. He came back the next day with food and water for the pupper and named him Lucky. The grateful doggo led him to his other friends– a Pit bull cross, a cat and a pony.
All the other animals were free roaming, except for the Pit bull who was tied on the porch with a longer leash. At least he stayed dry through the ordeal.
Many dog owners will put their lives on the lines to save their four-legged babies. This sight is incredibly heartbreaking. To his owner’s defense, they might have fled in panic and forgot the dogs behind.
Continued rain and the threat of flash flood looms. Government officials encourage pet and livestock owner not to leave their animals tied and bring them to safety whenever possible.
In fact, it is illegal to leave your animals tied to a rope or chain in any extreme weather conditions such hurricanes and tropical storms among others. Specific state laws prohibit such act.
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‘I was happy to see Lucky when I pulled up to the property, she came running out through the fence and greeted and me wagging her tail,’ Connellan said.
‘I fed Lucky some food I had in my car and gave her some fresh water.’
Meanwhile, Roman Forest chief Stephen Carlisle issues warning to those who have animals in their care not to leave them tied during a disaster.
‘I promise you, that I will hold anyone accountable that unlawfully restrains their dog in extreme weather conditions;’ Carlisle said in a statement on Friday.
Montgomery County police department reiterates what Carlisle in a Facebook post.
‘‘Please do not keep your family members tied to a rope or chain’ the police department in Montgomery County said on Facebook. ‘It is against the law to keep a dog on a chain during extreme weather conditions.’’
The rule is simple. If you can’t withstand the conditions, your dog can’t either.
Walk a mile in their shoes and see if you’ll be okay with the conditions you subject them to. This dog would have died for sure if not for the kind photographer who took him to safety!
Victoria county, where the dog was spotted, saw a 10-inch rise in rain water in the last 24 hours. Texas’ eight million residents are warned that the Vaguely Unpleasant is yet to come.
It will cost $40 billion to clean up the aftermath of the hurricane. It left thousands of homes destroyed and several people injured.
It’s nice to see that there are people like Happy Newman who took refuge in a shelter with his family, including the family dog!
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Please let your dog inside the house when the elements are unkind. If not, at least not leave them tied to a post to increase their chance of survival.