Pit Bulls Fight for Their Lives in Flood for Over 16 Hours

June 4, 2018

Natural disasters affect both people and animals. Sometimes we forget that dogs, cats, horses, cows and many other species of animals suffer when there’s a flood, earthquake or tsunami. In this article, we’ll talk about what happened with two pit bulls who waited in the water for 16 hours until someone rescued them. It all started when their homes went under.

Pit bulls rescued in Louisiana

Man rescuing a Pit bull from a flood
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In mid-August of 2016, Louisiana flooded. At least 40,000 homes were affected, eleven people died and 30,000 had to be rescued. There were 1,000 animals who were rescued as well.

One job that rescue workers have is to look through the waters for signs of life after a natural disaster. Darrell Watson and Mike Anderson are two of the rescuers who risked their lives to save fellow humans, pets, and wild animals.

The men were surprised when they saw two pit bulls in the flood trying to survive. The waters had gotten to three feet and the dogs were doing their best to stay afloat. According to calculations, the animals spent over 16 hours “swimming” among trees, houses and floating objects.

When the rescuers came to a spot between two houses, they saw the dogs: they were trying to climb a floating “island” of objects that had gathered in the water. Fortunately, they were able to rescue both dogs and take them to their families.

As they were returning to solid ground, the rescuers said that if they couldn’t find their owners, they would take care of the pit bulls themselves.

 

Another Dog Rescued in Louisiana

Baton Rouge was one of the most heavily flooded areas. In some places, the water got to 6 feet deep in less than 2 hours. Josh Petit is another rescue worker who tells his story. According to Fox News, he said:

“Out the corner of my eyes I seen a bush shaking! This is all I saw! Eyes and nose barely above water. She could barely tread water anymore she was so worn out and had the saddest eyes I ever seen, so scared for her life! We saved her and she came laid her head on my lap and cried and moaned like a big baby! She was thanking me. I thank God for letting me notice her.”

 

Story of a Dog and Owner Rescued Together in Louisiana

Pitbull drowning in a flood
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Again, this news story takes us to Baton Rouge. The rescue was very dramatic, although fortunately it has a happy ending. Two rescue workers aboard a boat were able to save a woman and her dog. They were in a car and had practically drowned in the flood waters.

Rescuers heard the screams of the woman pleading for help. One of the rescuers, David Phung, jumped into the water and managed to get the woman out of the car.

She asked him to look for her puppy in the vehicle. Again the young man dove underwater and after a few seconds came to the surface with the furry guy in his arms

We applaud the dedication of search and rescue heroes. They put their own lives at risk to save others. It’s also a reminder to us that in scary, hopeless situations, dogs feel fear and sadness just like humans do.

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