As Houston, Texas continues to experience catastrophic flooding after the torrential rains of Hurricane Harvey refused to quit, how many pet owners just fled and left their pets to fend for themselves? Perhaps the lowest of the low were people who tied up their dogs, cats and livestock – no chance to escape the rising tide waters and less of a chance for anyone to ever find them. And there they sat – shivering, frightened, hungry and abandoned.
Texan authorities have repeatedly warned pet owners not to leave their four-legged companions behind. Tragically, the pictures of these poor souls tell the whole story – no words needed. One dog was found holding onto the road barrier for dear life. Another dog was found chained to a tree and utility poles – what were these pet owners thinking?
As more than 20 inches of rain fell within 24 hours, what would happen to these dogs?
“I promise you, that I will hold anyone accountable that unlawfully restrains their dog in extreme weather conditions,” warned Chief Stephen Carlisle in Roman Forest. “Dogs are your family members too.”
Social media had no sympathy for the people who abandoned their pets. There was warning Hurricane Harvey was approaching. Although weathermen are not always accurate, radar images of this impending storm getting closer and closer loomed throughout news reports, television, the Internet and all over social media. Shame on you for leaving your pets like this.
It has been reported all the dogs pictured here have been rescued.
(Photos for lowest of the low via screenshots Ruaridh Connellan, Imgur)
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Read about others left behind.
Adopters lined to to give these dogs, rescued from a hoarder, a new home – read more here.
Adding to the list of flood victim misery – fire ants. Read more about this threat here.