IKE Update: Rotti Rescued from Rising Floodwaters

The following is an update from IFAW Emergency Rescue team member Michael Booth currently on the ground in Lake Charles, Louisiana rescuing family pets and other animals following the devastation of Hurricane Ike.

We started rescuing animals yesterday afternoon after the worst of the storm has passed our area, but the winds were still incredibly powerful and were blowing the boats off course so we were forced to walk through flood waters in many areas.

We quickly found a small rotweiller which was trapped under a deck and desperately struggling to survive. We clearly arrived just in time because he only had about four inches of breathing space left and was obviously terrified and exhausted. It's an amazing feeling to save an animal from certain death and I'm so grateful to all IFAW's donors for giving me the opportunity to reach out and help save these suffering animals.

We didn't have much time to celebrate though because rescue calls were coming in constantly and the team had to split up to handle all the calls. One of those call was to attempt to save six beagles from some truly terrifying conditions in an area where propane tanks had exploded.  There was gas was in the water and a family's pet beagles were struggling to survive. I didn't see the actual rescue because I was helping save the rotweiller, but I heard they found dogs clinging to mattresses in the murky water and managed to bring them all back for some much-needed first aid.  I'm not certain, but I'm pretty sure at least one suffered a broken hip or leg so there's no way they could have survived much longer in the flood waters.Rotticloseuplow1_2

The end of the day was extremely difficult because we were rushing to rescue some 25 horses trapped in a field but were not able to reach them before darkness fell and we had to leave the flood zone.  We're loading up the trucks and boats as I write and I'll be leaving in a few minutes to help with the round up and rescue.  We have to work quickly though because we have another call to help at a house which has dogs, cats, raccoons and some more horses.  It's going to be a busy day!

We are so grateful to all of our supporters.  It's because of you that we have the equipment, the will and the skill needed to rescue these animals in crisis.  Please consider making a donation to help keep IFAW on the ground wherever and whenever an emergency strikes.

Comments: 18

 
Anonymous
5 years ago

I think this is absolutely wonderful! I absolutely love this site and look forward to reading it every day.Its a good job billy and team ...Thanks for sharing!

 
Anonymous
5 years ago

I admire and applaud your work. I am of the same mind as you, believe me. We can only hope that the desire to rescue pets in desperate need will become a massive contagion!
I would appreciate it if you would post my comment on your site! I'm asking people to check out my new website that was created for my most recent foster: www.bellabellisimo.com
Our site is all about a wonderful Neapolitan Mastiff with a very sad history and we just began fostering her on Saturday. Once we have rehabilitated her and gotten her in better shape, I will be trying desperately to find the perfect forever home for her. The kind of people I am looking for to adopt her are people who love to get out in the fresh air and exercise with their dogs (no triatholon needed, just normal walks would be appreciated), people who take their dogs on outings, and people that take pride in the food and care they give to their dogs.
Bella has only three legs. Her front left leg had to be amputated due to a "farm accident," but since she shows clear signs of overbreeding, we believe she lived in a puppy mill and somehow got hit by a car (or something similar in size). The "farm" people dropped her off at the vet and never returned. The vet took her to the shelter after her leg was amputated. Then she was adopted by a couple who who heard her story and felt sorry for her. The man loved dogs, but I don't honestly know how well the woman did. She claims she is a "dog person." [The couple split earloier this year.] But for the past two years that Bella has lived in her home she has received NO exercise whatsoever, and she's been fed horrible dog food only once a day. Mastiff's -- among many other breeds -- are prone to bloat and should always be fed twice a day. It's a shame they didn't do some research to find out how to properly take care of Bella. She needed regular exercise to stay strong and slim, she needed very healthy food twice a day, she needed someone to spend some money on a front wheel cart for her. The couple had money, as evidenced by their home and cars, but she never got the cart or any physical therapy. When a dog loses his/her front leg, it is very different than losing a rear leg. When a dog walks or stands they place most of their weight forward. Hence, Bella's remaining front leg is being destroyed by all of the weight.
I'm a little nervous about posting this... I hope the previous owners don't see it. But I really want Bella's story told honestly and I love your site. When you go to my site, you will see that I had to sugarcoat her story a little because many people in the rescue groups to which I belong will know who I'm talking about.
Anyway, we have already ordered the front wheel cart, we've set up the appointment with the canine physical therapy hospital, we've groomed her and trimmed her nails, and we've begun a super healthy diet and exercise plan.
You would not believe what changes we've noticed in Bella in just the short time she's been with us. Her coat even looks shiny now! She used to live her days laying on the floor in the kitchen at her previous home. But now, she's all over the house with us. Even up the stairs! She loves our family and our other dogs. I think she really enjoys all the commotion.
Please visit my site and share it with you friends! Bella is adorable and so sweet. I hope to find a good forever home for her, so I'm sharing her story with good folks like you.
Feel free to leave a comment when you visit. I'd love to hear what you have to say.
Take care and all the best to you and yours in the endeavor to save the neglected!

 
Anonymous
5 years ago

I admire the GREAT work you do and the love you have for these wonderful living beings, whose Owners left Behing as Objects during the Hurricane, SHAME on the Selfish & Cruel Pet owners.
I wouldn't give them back to their owners, they need to learn a lesson and these animals deserve a better home.
GOD BLESS IFAW VOLUNTEERS

 
Anonymous
5 years ago

I also find it unbelievable that families left their pets behind. Bringing themselves in safety but did not care about their pets. They should not get their pets back and have a large fee to pay to punish them for that. It is just a crime to do so.

 
Anonymous
5 years ago

Thank you for being there for those poor animals, I also hope that his old owners do not get him back for leaving him to an uncertain death. They probably thought more that he would guard their loveless home than caring what happened to that brave dog. We salute you for doing what you do!

 
Anonymous
5 years ago

I do hope all the animals that were so lucky to have been rescued by such loving people will never be reunited to the cruel uncaring people who left them to die.
Best wishes
Angela

 
Anonymous
5 years ago

Thank you so much, you are all amazing people. i am crying watching this footage because you touch my heart so much. you are angels on earth.

 
Anonymous
5 years ago

Thank goodness for people like you guys. Every time the world gets me down, I think of the kind people who go out of their way to save animals and it gives me the strength to go on in life. Bless you all, you're truly angels.

 
Anonymous
5 years ago

Great Job Billy and all the other rescuers. you are doing a great job

 
Anonymous
5 years ago

Those lucky animals you have saved thank you. I THANK YOU.Those animal foster homes are in demand, people aho have abandoned their PETs, should not havwe their pets returned to them. Rather, the animals should be in fosters until a forever home is available.

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