Dogs saved from drowning in flood waters

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On June 8, 2013, seven Pit Bulls near Woodlake, NC, were close to their deaths. They were trapped in flood waters. Luckily for the dogs, rescue teams from the area came to their aid and all seven were saved.

The rescue operation was done by staff from Moore County Animal Control, Cypress Point Fire Department, Crain’s Creek Fire Department and Moore county EMS.

During the morning hours of June 8, Animal Control officers received reports of a flooded area near Riverview Drive, east of Woodlake, where local dogs reside. Immediately the first responders headed there, to assist the animals in need.

Al Carte, Director of Animal Operation in Moore County spoke with The Pilot, and said that five of the dogs would have died if it wasn’t for the quick actions of the volunteers.

All seven animals were chained on the property. Two of the seven dogs were the only ones chained on dry land. The other five were chained and submerged to their shoulders in the fast rising waters.

The rescue team used two boats and a two-stage rope line to reach the panicked canines. Bolt cutters were needed to free the animals from the chains. Once free they were placed in crates and pulled to safety.

Moore County Animal Center is currently keeping the dogs and looking after them. The animals will be returned to their owner once the flood waters recede and the area is safe to be inhabited once again.


7 thoughts on “Dogs saved from drowning in flood waters”

  1. If the shelter really thinks that these owners are good owners they need to shut down their shelter. HMM 7 pit bulls chained outside needed bolt cutter to remove the chains Really you think these are beloved pets. Use your brains people. How stupid! I do thank the volunteers for rescusing them Thank you thank you

  2. GOD BLESS the people who rescued them!!!! I KNOW if these animals were chained and NOT running free, were well fed Their owners loved them. The family most likely had children to worry about first!!!

  3. I am going to call the pet rescue and try and make them understand that, by returning these poor pups to their owners, we feel that it is animal abuse. I’ll let you know how it goes. So damn sad.

  4. I have spoken with the Vass, NC fire department and they seem to agree that the pups should not be returned to their irresponsible owners This is their phone number and I feel that many, many calls may help these pups even further (910) 245-7974

  5. If the volunteers had been a little later getting to these dogs we would not be debating whether they should go back to the owners. If they lived in a flood zone they should have had bolt cutters at the ready and a plan to evacuate. At the very least turn the animals loose or stuff them in an upper floor of the home so they have a chance of survival.


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