On April 7, 2014, Alabama’s Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies successfully rescued four dogs that were left chained and trapped in flooded backyards. The pets were left behind when family members were evacuated from the area affected by the floods.
It was 7:15 a.m. when authorities arrived on the 1300 block of Potter Avenue in the Eastern Valley community. One of the dogs was trapped in waters so deep that only his neck and head were visible.
Concerned neighbors were able to free two of the four dogs and bring them to safety. A third dog was able to move to higher ground, but the fourth dog had no where else to go but to wait for rescuers in the flood waters.
Using bolt cutters and a flat bottom boat, rescuers successfully removed the remaining trapped pets.
Thanks to authorities the dogs left behind were rescued. We hope these innocent pets were not returned to the families that carelessly left them behind during the flood.