Texas has been recently slammed with a nasty natural disaster. Sadly, Hurricane Harvey has resulted in several cities being flooded and residents trying to escape the rising waters with their life. One reporter covering the Houston area took a picture that is leaving viewers shocked – and it all centers around what one family decided to leave behind as they attempted to make their way to safety.
Devastating photos and videos have been coming out of Houston as the city is sitting under about 3 feet of water. Of course, those stranded have needed the help of local law enforcement, the coast guard, and even good Samaritans — all of whom have all pitched in, trying to rescue residents.
Fortunately, most of the cases we’re seeing are heartwarming in nature. However, that isn’t the case for every situation as at least one image is being shared across social media that’s left viewers frustrated and sad.
According to Fox 8 Cleveland, CNN reporter Ed Lavandera was traveling around the flood areas in Texas when he spotted something that wasn’t quite right. After snapping a quick picture, he posted it to Instagram where people were shocked to see that someone had left their two family dogs behind.
The pets had been placed inside a boat, likely as a last ditch effort to keep them afloat if the flood waters continued to rise and didn’t dissipate fast enough. Most people realize that abandoning the family dogs in a boat was not really a good long-term solution, but it brings to mind the desperation this family must have felt, having to flee but being unable to bring their dogs.
Of course, reactions to the picture have been mixed with more seemingly upset by the actions than those who are not. While some don’t see anything wrong with the image, simply suggesting that the family did the right thing by leaving the dogs in a safe place with plenty of food, others did not agree. However, those who don’t agree don’t know what prompted this difficult decision or what they would do if faced with the same situation.
In a comment on his Instagram post, Lavandera provided an update. “I should add, I think the people have every intention of coming back to get the dogs. Food was left behind and I suspect it had to be a tough choice and that they will come back for them as soon as they can.” [Source: Fox 59]
Pointing out that other owners either left their dogs tied up or cut them loose to fend for themselves, many believe these dogs have it pretty good compared to others. Still, that isn’t a “good enough” scenario for many people as several suggest the dogs should have been taken with the families. However, it is unknown what circumstances may have resulted in this decision. Perhaps this family received rescue but were told they could only take people. It’s something we just don’t know, and would you really want a dog taking what could be a child’s place in a rescue boat?
When you adopt a pet of any kind, you should take full responsibility for the well-being of that animal, but things aren’t always so cut and dry during a tragedy such as Hurricane Harvey. Although you should take care of your pets no matter what, just as you would a child, sometimes unforeseen circumstances arise, where the choice must be made between human life or animal life. Obviously, ditching an animal you promised to care for should always be a last resort made with a heavy heart, and although there’s no way to know for sure, I’m fairly certain this family is feeling the weight of the decision they were forced to make.
Instead of pointing out what you may believe someone did wrong, think about what they did right since you don’t know what factors played a part in the difficult decision that was made in the face of tragedy. Somewhere, there are owners already beating themselves up for what they had to do. At least these took the time to get the animals into a boat to keep them afloat, some shelter provided by the awning overhead, and food. We pray they are soon reunited, which was obviously their hopes and intentions when they put their pets in what seems to be the safest shelter available at the time.