Injured dog rescued from Hurricane Harvey flood waters

Our rescue team arrived on Tuesday, alongside Best Friends, Safe Haven Equine Rescue and Code 3 Associates to assist the Houston SPCA with animal rescue efforts in the US state of Texas. We worked late into the night organizing equipment, boat motors and rescue gear for day one of animal rescue.

Early the next morning, we staged at the Houston SPCA and received our assignments for the day. In our first mission, we rescued an elderly dog trapped in chest-deep water named Diesel. The 120-pound mastiff was unable to climb the stairs in his home and was surrounded by the rising flood water. Sadly, his human companions were forced to flee to the safety of the second floor without Diesel as he was suffering from a shoulder injury and unable to make the trek. 

Fortunately we arrived in time and were able to load Diesel into a waiting boat and bring him to a nearby shelter to receive emergency medical treatment until he can be reunited with his family.

UPDATE September 2, 2017: Our rescue team caught up with Diesel, the mastiff we rescued on the first day, to check on his condition. We were so happy to see him resting comfortably and recovering well from his traumatic time in the flood. He received treatment for parasites and infection in his shoulder. He will remain at the shelter until he can be reunited with his family.

We are delighted at the happy ending to Diesel's rescue. While rescue efforts are wrapping up, our team is preparing to provide critical sheltering to animals affected by Hurricane Harvey.


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