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.
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.