In times of natural disasters, everyone is at the receiving end. Homes are destroyed, families struggle to survive and then there are the voiceless and helpless pets — some are fortunate to get evacuated along with their humans, while others get left behind.
Several dogs were found chained outside of their homes as floodwaters brought about by Hurricane Harvey rose around them. Heartbreaking photos flood the social media, showing how the four-legged friends were left to fend for themselves despite warnings from authorities against chaining them.
Some families have evacuated with their canine companions but others were stranded all alone. Worse, several were found chained and unable to get away from the rising waters.
There were also those who were left behind.
Lucky for this guy, his owner’s neighbor took him in.
There’s hope for these ones as well.
The dogs’ family was considerate enough to put them in a boat where they can be safe from the flood. This likely means that the owners will soon come back as CNN’s Ed Lavandera said that there was food left for them.
This one was found hanging on to dear life.
Good thing, he was saved by rescue group 4 Paws Farm.
Meanwhile, others weren’t so lucky during Hurricane Harvey.
Left behind, tied up…
These poor doggies were chained outside and photographer Ruaridh Connellan captured the heartbreaking photos. He untied the dog and was able to take them to a safe place.
The most unfortunate ones are those that weren’t saved. Reports had it that dogs have died from drowning. One was electrocuted. You can only imagine what those dogs have felt after having been left behind and seeing no one’s around to rescue them.
Before Hurrican Harvey, law enforcement agencies announced that dog owners should not chain their pets. The Roman Forest Police Department took to Facebook to warn owners after seeing that there were dogs still chained outside the homes.
“Please do not keep your family members tied to a rope or chain. It is against the law to keep a dog on a chain during extreme weather conditions. I promise you, that I will hold anyone accountable that unlawfully restrains they’re dog in extreme weather conditions. Dogs are your family members too.”
Many animals have already ended up in animal shelters following this crisis. You may contact local animal shelters in Texas if you wish to offer help.