Dog too terrified to save

Rescuers left after determining that this terrified dog was ‘too aggressive’

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Rescuers who approached a stranded dog in a flood-ravaged portion of Houston, Texas, left after they determined that the terrified dog was too aggressive to save. The dog, sitting on top of a car which is submerged in water, is clearly petrified – everything about his body screams of fear.

When the rescuers slowly approach in a boat, one man attempts to reach out and get the dog from the car, to safety. The dog reacts in fear and the rescuers in the boat back away – determining that the risk is too great to take on.

Family Pet Left Alone And Scared In Floodwaters

UPDATE: CBS11's JD Miles can now report the dog was rescued and is OK. He shot this heart-breaking video of an abandoned pet in Houston. The frightened dog was too aggressive for rescue boats, which couldn't safely get close enough to save him. They had no choice but to leave him as flood waters quickly rose around him.

Posted by CBS DFW on Monday, August 28, 2017

People who viewed the video were torn between outrage and heartbreak. Those emotions turned to elation after word was released that a man decided to get help and try to overcome the dog’s fear. The good Samaritan is identified as Kyle Scott of New Waverly.

Terrified dog has been saved

A Facebook user expressed gratitude for the rescuers’ determination:

previous attempts to rescue the dog were unsuccessful, as the dog was perceived to be “aggressive”…but Mr. Scott, with the help of Roy Ethridge, managed to gain his trust and ultimately save his life…and as you can see, “Harvey” (Mr. Scott named him) is anything but aggressive…just a scared dog trying to survive. I want to shake their hand and give all three of them a HUGE hug…

(Screenshot via Facebook/Ashley Campbell)

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28 replies
  1. Barkley's Mom says:

    God bless Mr Scott and Mr Ethridge! I saw this online last night and at that point it looked like they had just left the poor dog there. I’m so glad he went back and saved him.

  2. Adrienne says:

    There really are wonderful humans in this world who care deeply about animals to help and save them. Thanks people of Texas for doing this. We all pray for you to be safe and rebuild quickly.

  3. vicki hood says:

    Real men helped. Understandably the first crew couldn’t take the time to make friends with Harvey. Ideally, there would have been time and equipment to help but others were waiting–in need. Bless the men that cared enough and did it on their own. God bless Harvey. He thought he was doing his job of protecting his family and his home.

  4. D. Faye says:

    Kyle and Roy, thank you, for taking the time to rescue Harvey. Our prayers are with you and all the Texans, man and beast…!

  5. Sherry D Hadley says:

    Well thank goodness someone had the courage to save him. He was just reacting in fear due to the traumatic situation. YAY for Harvey.

  6. Star Shelley says:

    Thank you Mr Scott and Roy Ethridge for not giving up on Harvey. Too bad his owners did not bother to save him. Sending oprayers to all three of you and hope Harvey will be ok. We should never give up on a,dog that is scare.

  7. Linda Patton says:

    What idiots. So they’re just going to leave it to die??? One look and it’s plainly obvious the poor dog is scared out of its mind! Put yourself in its place, how would you feel? I pray this innocent dog was
    rescued and found a loving home. The original humans aren’t worthy of the dogs love, they walked off and left it alone to fend for itself. There’s no excuse for that!!!!

  8. Pamela Bolton says:

    Thank you for saving that life. I worry about all the others that were left behind. I would have left, with my animals, once it was confirmed of landfall. All the horses and cattle that were left to drown upsets me.

  9. Red says:

    THANK YOU SO MUCH sir for going back and gaining the dogs trust. THANK YOU!!! You deserve a special place in heaven for this rescue!!!

  10. Red says:

    Just saw the comment by “tina”…… the previous rescuers could not take the chance of being bitten….if they were hurt, they could not continue assisting the rescue. They tried and had to move on….. I do not blame them at all. I attempted rescuing a dog running down a busy street, when I got to him he came after me….. I had to leave him, could not take the chance of being bitten for a stray. If strays allow rescue, it is wonderful. If they are afraid and aggressive, you just have to move on.

  11. susispot says:

    I hope the heros that got this dog to safety will see how much their efforts are appreciated. You fellas are the best…angels on earth.

  12. Nancy Raymond says:

    Huge THANK YOU to Mr. Scott & Mr. Ethridge – if not for you ‘Harvey’ would have surely died – Your diligence and concern for him outweighed his terror and because of you two gentlemen Harvery is alive. HERO is the exactly what you both are.


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