Incredible moment dog rescued after spending days in flooded home after Hurricane Florence
Amid the swirling flood waters comes a heartwarming story involving a tiny dog and great human spirit.
Hurricane Florence has been wrecking havoc along the North Carolina. Rescue workers are doing double time to save people who haven't been able to escape the wrath of the tropical storm in time. While humans are being helped on a large scale, it is the pets and other animals who have been left to suffer. Unfortunately, many homeowners have been forced to choose between precious belongings and beloved pets.
But then amid the swirling flood waters comes a heartwarming story involving a tiny dog and great human spirit. When Hurricane Florence hit the town of Burgaw, thousands were forced to evacuate the area. In the commotion and chaos, a tiny Maltese by the name of Soshe was left behind. His owner had not been at home when disaster had struck. His owner immediately contacted Pender County Animal Control informing them of the precious cargo that needed rescuing. Luckily, the Humane Society of Missouri (HSM) were in the area looking for animals that needed to be saved from the rising flood waters. The Animal Control passed on the message to HSM.
However, even for the HSM it was a real struggle as locating the house was one of their foremost challenges. The flood waters were so high that pinpointing the correct spot was difficult and it took them several days before they found the correct neighborhood, leave alone the house. Chad Gard, a member of the HSM disaster rescue team, described the whole operation to CBS, "The entire neighborhood was underwater, so only the roofs were showing. We couldn't go off the description [of the house] because we could only see the roof."
It was a week after the storm that Soshe's house was finally visible to the team. You would think the team would have now managed to reach their target but suddenly their operation hit a snag - their motorboat stopped and they had to paddle the rest of the way. Finally, the team reached the house whose description was given to them and as they got close Gard said: "We saw part of the [house] number ... And as we got close to the house, we could hear the dog barking."
There was still some 6-7 feet of water in front of the house so Gard and his teammate Jessica Crampton got out of the boat, waded to the front door and then tried to kick in the locked front door. The duo's efforts manage to get the door open enough for Jessica to squeeze through. Jessica says she saw Soshe sitting on the couch which was floating about in the flooded living room. Jessica swam inside, grabbed the dog and then the trio made for the boat.
It was surprising how the little Maltese survived in the terrible weather alone for one week and he was in surprisingly good shape. Needless to say, Soshe's rescue was a small moment of triumph for the HSM as Gard put it: "That was a good day. We had boat problems and anything that could've went wrong did. And in the end, it was a fantastic day. We all felt really good." The team captured several videos of their rescues, including a video of Soshe's rescue and it has gained quite a lot of attention online.