In Lakeland, Florida, Animal Control and neighbors rescued several abandoned dogs during the onset of Hurricane Irma. According to WflaNews, at least four dogs were in a kennel as the water rose to their chests. Another dog was stranded on top of a picnic table. The owner of the home had evacuated and left the dogs behind.
When witnesses reported the dogs in need, Animal Control officers tried to get into the water to save the dogs, however encountered islands of fire ants. Officers were also concerned with water moccasins. Although state law requires animal rescue to wait 24 hours before seizing dogs when left alone, officers decided to rescue the dogs as the water level continued to rise.
Neighbors had been bringing over food and supplies for the dogs – it had been heartbreaking as the dogs cried and whined for help. The owners now have a week to pick up their five dogs. It is not known if the owners even left food for the dogs.
Authorities continue to warn people to be careful of wildlife including snakes and alligators as well as insects that may be in flood waters.
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