Authorities Rescue Chained Dogs Trapped in Flood Waters

Neighbors were able to free two of the four dogs and bring them to safety. A third dog move to higher ground, but the fourth dog had no where else to go but to wait for rescuers in the flood waters.

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.

Dogs trapped in flood waters before being rescued.
Dogs trapped in flood waters before being rescued.

 

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.

 

5 thoughts on “Authorities Rescue Chained Dogs Trapped in Flood Waters

  1. I’m choosing to believe the owners were not able to go back and get their pets because they were at work, school, didn’t realize there would be an exclusion zone…

    1. The article said the people were evacuated. So I’m thinking they knew but didn’t’ do anything. Nothing in the article said they frantically were trying to save them or calling neighbors for help. IMHO they should be charged with cruelty. And leaving dogs outside 24 by 7 like that. Shame on them. That they had to use bolt cutters to free the dogs says a lot. I hope they don’t get the dogs back.

  2. People who chain dogs ought to spend a couple weeks chained up themselves, a week during the hottest part of summer and one week during the freezing winter.

  3. People who abandon their animals and leave them in danger with no way to save themselves should be put in jail. I hope they never recover and live in poverty and disgrace all their lives.

  4. I want to lean on the side of @City Dog Owner because I have been reading allot of articles lately about people in flood and Tornado zones that most shelters will not let you bring your pets. People must make arrangements beforehand so that when disaster hits or soon you need to take care of the pets and not freaking leave them tied up in a yard to drown or be blown away during a tornado. This picture is heartbreaking to see the poor dogs up to their heads in that water.

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