Abandoned dogs from Hurricane Irma attacked by fire ants

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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.

 

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20 replies
  1. Pamela Garlisch says:

    If the authorities know who the owners are and it seems that they do, the owners need to be prosecuted for abandoning their animals. So far that’s just talk though, I doubt if anybody will do it and that’s sad. I’m glad the officers decided to err on the side of rescuing the dogs instead of abiding by the law. There are extenuating circumstances where the laws need to be thrown out and RESCUE!

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  2. Stephen Phillips says:

    Why – as in other jurisdictions, and in Texas – aren’t these people being charged with cruelty, and WHY WOULD YOU EVER RETURN COMPANIONS TO THE “CARE” OF THOSE WHO HAVE ALREADY ABANDONED THEM IN THEIR MOST DIRE TIME OF NEED???

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  3. Tracy Whitcomb says:

    I cannot believe that these idiots can leave their Babies behind when there is a disaster coming their way. These “Owners” need to be charged with this abuse and abandonment!!! This is HORRIBLE!!!

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  4. Helen says:

    They don’t deserve to get their dogs back. There’s no excuse for leaving their dogs behind, especially when there were pet friendly shelters available.

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  5. Sandi says:

    these owners do not deserve the dogs back. How can you leave your family behind and in crates, nonetheless. Not acceptable. They should be jailed and fined. Find other homes for the poor dogs.

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  6. Barkley's Mom says:

    And why should they be allowed to “pick” up their dogs? They abandoned these poor pups and they could have died! This is animal cruelty and these people need to be charged! They also need to never own a pet again!

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  7. Nancy Raymond says:

    This is just plain cruel – people knew well in advance Irma was coming and to just only think of themselves is beyond cruel – they had plenty of time to pack up animals – it is a federal law that rescues take in animals along with owners during a disaster – ever since Katrina – yet these selfish bastards just left these poor animals to fend for themselves – I have absolutely NO empathy for these people and hope their homes are totally ruined and they end up living under a bridge like the trash they are.

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  8. Debbie White says:

    Are you friggin KIDDING me 😡😡😡😡 your letting the disgusting owners have their animals back.
    NO WAY SHOULD THEM VILE PEOPLE GET THEIR ANIMALS BACK!!!!!! 😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡

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  9. Jo-Ann Lipsitz says:

    So wrong these kind of People shouldn’t have any Pets ever. They are a part of your family they should be with you no Matter what.

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  10. Cynthia Como says:

    For the love of God why….WHY would these dogs be returned? Obviously they were left to die,so the jerks who left never thought they would see them again. No great loss as far as the owners are concerned. I thought Florida said they were going to prosecute the assholes who did this!!! And just like I said when I heard that…..it’s just empty words to me,I’ve heard it so many times before and until I see that they are actual holding these asswipes accountable for abandoning their animals during hurricane Irma I just do not believe it! And returning these poor dogs just proves my point! Florida officials claimed that they will track these jerks down using every paper trail available and charge them…..EMPTY WORDS AS FAR AS I’M CONCERNED,SAME SHIT-DIFFERENT DAY! I’ve been bitten by fire ants before and it’s AWFUL!!!! OMG! I HOPE THESE POOR DOGS ARE NOT RETURNED!!!! SMH

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  11. Marchelle Marsh says:

    IF LAW’S AGAINST ANIMAL ABUSE ARE BEING UPHELD WHY ARE THESE CRIMES ESCALATING? “ABANDONMENT” QUALIFIES’ AS DOES ALL FORMS OF IRRESPONCIBLE & INHUMANE TREATMENT TO COMPANION ANIMAL’S, FAMILY PET’S, MEMBERS OF YOUR HOUSEHOLD, FAMILY MEMBER’S HELPLESS & DEFENSELESS, DOMESTICATED & DEPENDANT ESP. IF CHAINED, CAGED, OR OTHERWISE HAVING BEEN WARNED DAY’S IN ADVANCE OF NATIONAL DISASTER, MAJOR THREAT OF MONSTER HURRICANE…MANDATORY EVACUATIONS, A NATIONAL STATE OF EMERGENCY’, WHAT MORE DO YOU NEED TO UNDERSTAND THE GRAVITY OF THE SITUATION? TO CONSCIOUSLY CHOOSE WALKING AWAY FROM THOSE MOST VULNERABLE IN THE FACE OF CERTAIN DEATH IS CRUEL, HEARTLESS, CALLOUS, INHUMANE & ILLEGAL’…ACCORDING TO ANIMAL WELFARE LAW’S, ANIMAL PROTECTION LAW’S & ANIMAL ABUSE LAW’S, EXTREMLY CRUEL, MALICIOUS & HEINOUS ACT OF ABUSE FOR WHICH THERE IS NO EXCUSE! TO NOT INCLUDE SAVING THE LIVES OF THOSE AMOUNG US MOST INNOCENT IS INCOMPREHENSIBLE & ATROCIOUS ACT OF ANIMAL CRUELTY’ FOR “ALL” THOSE GUILTY, THEY MUST BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE! TOTAL DISREGARD, VOID OF COMPASSION OR PULSE TO THOSE WHO CANNOT HELP THEMSELVES!!! NO HONOR, NO DECENCY, NO MORAL OR ETHICAL CONSCIENCE AS TO THE HORRIFIC, TERRIFYING & TRAUMATIZING STATE OF
    THESE POOR INNOCENT PUPS EXTREMLY CONFUSED & IN SHOCK, FRANTICALLY & DESPERATLY TRYING TO GRASP WHAT’S HAPPENING AS THE WATERS GET HIGHER & HIGHER’ SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN TO BE WITH INTELLECT, EMOTIONS & FEELINGS’.. THE HORROR/UNCERTAINTY/ PANIC/CONFUSION/TERROR & SHOCKING DESPAIR OF CERTAIN DEATH!
    BRING CRIMINALS TO JUSTICE’ BY UPHOLDING THE LAW!!!ONLY THEN WILL WE SEE THE ESCALATING CRIMES PERPETRATED ON HELPLESS DEFENSELESS FAMILY PET’S, DECLINE!!!
    AS FAR AS RETURNING THESE 5 PUPS TO THEIR OWNER’S, THE VERY ONES GUILTY WHO LEFT THEM TO DIE! YOU CAN’T BE SERIOUS?!!!! UPHOLD THESE CRUELTY CASES, WHY HAVE LAW’S IF YOUR NOT GOING TO UPHOLD THEM!!!
    IGNORANCE WOULD ONLY DEPICT HANDING OVER TO THE GUILTY ACCUSED HELPLESS VICTIMS WHEN THE LAW IS TO PROTECT THEM THEREFORE RETURNING THESE PUPS WOULD BE IN DIRECT VIOLATION OF SUCH LAW’S!!!!!! IGNORANT TO EVEN CONSIDER SUCH THOUGHT!

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  12. Star Shelley says:

    This irresponsible owners should not be allow to have their dogs back. Why would they even think of that!!!!!. Heartless idiots. Also who made that stupid law that the dogs have to wait 48 hours before rescue. Are they also cold hearted idiots. I just don’t get it .

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