Panic dogs which were left in a cage by an owner who fled rising waters in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Leland, North Carolina.
The rescuers pluck people from the dangerous water produced by Florence attack on North Carolina are also discovering the scores of neglected pets that were left behind or forgotten.
The coast guard said, as of Sunday, the crews have rescued at least 91 pets in North Carolina since Florence — then a hurricane and now a tropical depression — began lashing the state with heavy rainfall. Helicopter crews are only responsible for the saving of 20 pets, officials said.
In the city of Leland, located just outside of Wilmington, a group of volunteer workers on Sunday came a group of dogs who were left in a locked cage as the water rose around them.
A group of panicked dogs in Leland, North Carolina were released after the release of their owner fled rising waters in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.
“Rescued six dogs in Leland, NC, after the owner left THEM locked in an outside cage that is filled with flood water that was quickly rising,” reporter Marcus DiPaola wrote on Twitter. “We have them, but by the time we left, the water was so high that they would have drowned. BRING YOUR PET WITH YOU!”
In a video that has since gone viral with more than 2.3 million views, the dogs can be seen crawling and squealing as they try to get out of the cage, then scampering for higher ground as soon as they rent.
Rescued six dogs in Leland, NC, after the owner left THEM locked in an outside cage that is filled with high tide, the water is quickly rising.
We have them out, but by the time we left, the water was so high that they would have drowned. BRING YOUR PET WITH YOU! #HurricaneFlorence pic.twitter.com/tRibGxCjXy
— Marcus DiPaola (@marcusdipaola) September 16, 2018
Homes and businesses in the city have been ravaged by water that rose to 10 feet on Highway 17, according to Reuters.
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Further to the west, a Coast Guard crew rescued 10 beagles that were stranded by the floods near the city of Riegelwood. The dogs’ howls echoed through the area as they swam and desperately tried to climb out of the water.
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“If we would have gotten here just a few minutes later, I don’t know if these guys would have made,” a Coast Guard member Mitchell Moretti told USA Today.
The owner of the dog, Josephine Horne, originally had evacuated but returned when it appeared that the wind and rain had died down. Then, waist-high water flooded her caravan.
“It seemed as if everything was in order. It was fine,” she told USA Today. “It is as if this came out of nowhere at once.”
The members of the Coast Guard rescue team helped with the rescue of a group of 10 beagles of water generated by Hurricane Florence in Riegelwood, North Carolina.
(Coast Guard photo)
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At least 17 people have died, including a three-month-old child, such as Florence continues to dump heavy rain in North and South Carolina and spread into the Northeast. Predictions are calling for rivers to reach record highs and the city of Wilmington is cut off.
Travis Fedschun is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @travfed