UPDATE: No charges were filed against the owners of this dog, who is named Flint. Read the follow-up story here.
Of course we know there are many dogs with heartless owners who left their pets outside during Hurricane Irene this weekend. Dogs Deserve Better reported that they were inundated with calls about dogs left chained outside.
But one dog in particular caught the attention of many people: the dog left outside in a kennel in Greenville, North Carolina, as reported by fellow Examiner Penny Eims. People are referring to this dog as Lucky. However, during the hurricane, he was anything but.
The dog’s story went viral on Facebook yesterday, causing concerned animal lovers to text, post, tweet, and call authorities regarding this dog’s safety.
The police indicated to many callers that the welfare of this dog, and others, was not a priority during this storm. This information was very upsetting to mostly everyone, even prompting people to make efforts to get to this dog and remove it themselves. But with downed trees and power lines, all attempts at rescue failed.
Unfortunately the dog’s owners, who obviously didn’t care for their dog at all, were not concerned about the outcome this hurricane could have had on his health and safety.
It has been reported that the owners took a puppy along with them when they left their home, but chose to leave this dog behind to fend for himself. Doing this was unthinkable and could have led to the dog’s death.
But, fortunately, likely because of all the public pressure, Greenville Animal Control and the police removed the dog last night (on their fifth visit!) and brought the dog to the animal control shelter. It is unknown at this time if the dog is male or female, or if ultimately Lucky will be the name they choose. Some people have now posted that the dog is a female, and has been named Irene. We’ll have to wait until it’s officially reported to know for sure.
People are already asking if the dog is up for adoption. In my opinion, the owners don’t deserve to get this dog back because they’ve already demonstrated, by their lack of concern for his safety, that they don’t love him. No guardian should walk away from their pet when they are evacuating, and not worry about his well being.
This dog is currently being held at City of Greenville Animal Control Division. You can also contact the Greenville Police Department Animal Control Division at 252-329-4387. For services and/or concerns after 5 p.m., please call the Greenville Police Department at (252) 329-3937.
So what do you think should happen next? Will his owners be charged with neglect and animal cruelty? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this situation. Click here to sign the petition that has been set up for this dog.
Any further information about the dog will be added as it is released.
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