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Dogs Rescued During Hurricane Isaac
Seven years ago, only people were allowed in rescue boats
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Rescuers learned after Hurricane Katrina that our pets are family.

 

I cried today for three reasons. It is the seven-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. New Orleans is again getting battered by another hurricane, Isaac. And for the first time, I saw rescuers take people's pets into the boat with them.

 

This dramatic rescue video shows 70-year-old Fred Leslie and his four dogs being pulled out through a vent in the attic of his two-story home. He will never have to wonder what happened to his dogs, whether they drowned, starved or were rescued but difficult to trace.

 

After Katrina, many dog lovers took in abandoned dogs. Sadly, they assumed the worst about their owners. I got into many an Internet and group email battle with these well-intentioned yet ignorant folks.

 

If this had happened to Leslie seven years ago, his dogs would not have been allowed in the boat with him. You can be sure the rescuers would not have allowed him to stay, either. He would not have been given a choice.

 

 

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Julia Kamysz Lane, owner of Spot On K9 Sports and contributing editor at The Bark, is the author of multiple New Orleans travel guides, including Frommer’s New Orleans Day by Day (3rd Edition). Her work has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Poets and Writers and Publishers Weekly.

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Submitted by kmspa | August 30 2012 |

Did you see the documentary Mine? Incredible inside look at the pet rescue system during Katrina and how totally screwed up post Katrina lost pet placement really was. I'm so glad there are laws now to protect families and their pets during disasters.

Submitted by Anonymous | August 31 2012 |

so happy that someone else noticed that pets were included in the Isaac rescues....I knew of someone who was forced to leave their beloved dog behind in Katrina's aftermath -- so horrendous to endure not knowing about your life companion -- she was microchipped and they were reunited .... but this was an exceptional rescuer (went back independently to save dogs, despite police curfew and warnings)

Don't they say "pets are people, too"??

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