During Hurricane Irene, not only did everyone have concern for their own safety and the safety of their family and friends, but the Internet was also focusing on one dog, a male Labrador-Husky mix that was dubbed “Irene,” but is actually named Flint.
While Flint’s owners evacuated their home and took their puppy with them, they left Flint in a kennel to wait out the hurricane alone. As you can see from the main picture for this article, Flint was perched on top of his kennel, in clear danger if bad weather struck. And being as this was in North Carolina, directly in the path of Hurricane Irene, chances were that bad weather was imminent.
According to neighbors, the downed tree near Flint’s outdoor kennel was there before the storm hit, so apparently his owners weren’t worried about Flint even prior to the hurricane.
Finally, with massive amounts of public pressure, Greenville Animal Control and police removed Flint and brought him to an undisclosed location. Many animal advocates called on the animal’s behalf and received no response. But today, a public message was released by Steve Hawley, Public Information Office/Communications Manager:
“Due to the hundreds of responses and threats made by many people the city of Greenville will not release the location of the dog. The dog is safe and is being taken very good care of.” The owners were in compliance with the laws.. The owners were not in violation of any laws. Therefore, charges against them will not be filed.”
The animal-related laws of Greenville, North Carolina can be found on the city’s website: http://www.greenvillenc.gov/.
So, despite the owners’ negligence, charges against them will not be filed. According to Two Loons Dog Rescue, “If/when Flint is returned to his owners, Two Loons has offered our assistance with anything they feel they need help with. We have also reinforced our commitment to accept Flint into rescue, should the owners wish to relinquish him and/or Animal Services decline to return him to his owner.” They have also asked that no threats or comments be directed toward Flint’s owners.
However, the mission statement for Greenville Animal Control is this: The primary objective of animal control employees is to provide quality service to the citizens, while dedicating themselves to improving the co-existence of animals and humans.
Doesn’t seem like they abided by that mission for this dog.
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