You Have to See the Amazing Video of Heroes Rescuing Abandoned Dogs From Rising Florence Floodwaters
See the human spirit in the finest form.
As flooding from Hurricane Florence continues to leave behind destruction and damage, stories of heroes helping others continue to surface. However, it's not just people that needed help after this storm.
Volunteers, Ryan Nichols and David Rebollar, along with journalist Marcus DiPaola, were helping people escape from their North Carolina homes after floodwaters surrounded the town of Leland on Sunday. The trio heard dogs howling, and when they went to investigate, they were horrified by what they found. Six dogs who had been abandoned by their owners were locked in outdoor cages with rising floodwaters quickly filling the cages.
Marcus DiPaola posted a video to Twitter showing the volunteers freeing the six frightened dogs. In the video, you can see Nichols, who is from Longview, Texas, wade through knee-deep water to rescue the dogs, who were standing on their hind legs and crying. You know who else is crying--me after watching this video over and over.
After helping the dogs to higher ground, they said the cages began to completely fill with water and if they hadn't acted when the did--the dogs would have drowned.
"Rescued six dogs in Leland, NC, after the owner LEFT THEM locked in an outdoor cage that filled with flood water that was rapidly rising," DiPaola captioned the now viral video. "We got them out, but by the time we left, the water was so high that they would have drowned. BRING YOUR PETS WITH YOU!"
The video has already been watched almost four million times and DiPaola says he hopes this video will remind people that in events of emergency, plan ahead and make arrangements for your pets if you choose not to take them with you.
If you are looking for ways to help pets that have been displaced or abandoned during Hurricane Florence, experts suggest reaching out to your local animal shelters to help with adoptions and fostering animals coming from shelters in Hurricane Florence's path, donate money or food to local humane societies, and volunteer your time at local shelters.