News Reporter Helps Save Dogs Left for Dead in Hurricane Florence

Two dogs who miraculously survived the flood waters after the hurricane get a second chance when a reporter spots them on a porch of an abandoned home.


In the aftermath of the devastating Hurricane Florence, the east coast of the United States is now facing severe floods. The waters were rising so quickly that many people were forced to leave their home in a rush, some of them leaving their pets behind.


While a FOX news reporter, Leland Vittert, was doing a segment on the flooded Carolinian city, he didn’t realize that it will turn into a rescue mission. During filming, he and his crew spotted two dogs at a porch of an abandoned house. They quickly approached the property, where they were greeted by two pairs of wagging tails and hopeful eyes. The poor pooches, which turned out to be a mom and her puppy, were practically skin and bones. Both of the dogs were left for dead when the hurricane hit the area, and they somehow managed to swim to the porch where they were found.


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Dogs left for dead during rescued today during search and rescue – they are heading to @dcluckydog let’s find them forever homes and help with vet bills


A post shared by Leland Vittert (@lelandvittert) on Sep 17, 2018 at 6:38pm PDT


Leland took both of the dogs back to him to Washington D.C. and named them Chinquapin and Florence- after the city they were found in and the natural disaster that they managed to survive. There, the dogs were taken in by the Lucky Dog Animal Rescue. This organization was already helping four-legged friends that were left behind to face the hurricane on their own, and now they’re giving refuge to this brave and lucky mother-daughter duo. And after only a few days in their care, the difference is easy to see: the dogs look much healthier and plumper!


Less than 30 mins away from Florence and Chinquapin on @FoxNews — So far we have raised nearly $18k to help them and other pets abandoned in plus how you can help or adopt @DCLuckyDog https://t.co/ALNuUHxOPv pic.twitter.com/qPex7JARb7


— Leland Vittert (@LelandVittert) September 23, 2018


Unfortunately, the number of abandoned pets in the wake of Hurricane Florence is not insignificant. Rescues and shelters across the nation have their hands full with incoming dogs an cats, and any type of help is greatly appreciated. Inspired by the heartwarming rescue story, the viewers of FOX news already pitched in to cover the vet bills for Chinquapin and Florence and help other dogs that were affected by the Hurricane Florence. They managed to raise $18,000 for the cause!


If you want to lend a helping hand to paws in need, donate to one of many rescues and organizations that are taking in abandoned pets from the East Coast. Or, even better, consider adopting or fostering: due to the sudden influx of hurricane survivors, a lot of shelters are forced to euthanize. Take a page out of Leland Vittert’s book and be a hero to our furry friends!

Angela Vuckovic
Angela Vuckovic

A proud mama to seven dogs and ten cats, Angela spends her days writing for her fellow pet parents and pampering her furballs, all of whom are rescues. When she's not gushing over her adorable cats or playing with her dogs, she can be found curled up with a good fantasy book.

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