A dog has been spotted chained up and abandoned as flood waters from Hurricane Harvey rise around it.
Photographs taken on Saturday by the DailyMail.com show the dog chained to a telephone pole in Victoria, Texas. Where as much as 10 inches of rain have inundated the area in the past 24 hours. The photographer unleashed the stricken dog from the pole and brought it out of the water to safety. The county remains under a flash flood warning; and Texas officials have warned repeatedly against leaving pets and livestock tied up in the elements. Nearby in Victoria, another dog was seen chained to a tree outside a mobile home in a puddle of water; also seemingly abandoned.
In Roman Forest, Texas, about 150 miles north of Victoria; the police chief minced no words when it came to animal abusers.
‘I promise you, that I will hold anyone accountable that unlawfully restrains their dog in extreme weather conditions;’ Chief Stephen Carlisle said in a statement on Friday.
‘Dogs are your family members too.’
Carlisle pointed out there is a specific state law that prohibits leaving a dog tied up outside in any extreme weather conditions; including under a hurricane or tropical storm warning.
‘Please do not keep your family members tied to a rope or chain’ the police department in Montgomery County said on Facebook. ‘It is against the law to keep a dog on a chain during extreme weather conditions.’
Victoria County, where the dogs were spotted abandoned, was directly in the path of Harvey’s harshest weather, and has seen six to 10 inches of rain in the past 24 hours.
The area is under flood warning and is expected to see continued rain and thunderstorms throughout the night.
Across Texas, eight million residents have been warned the worst is yet to come. As hundreds of thousands of shell-shocked Texans on the Gulf Coast began to pick up the pieces after Harvey destroyed homes and businesses; left several injured and the state facing a clean-up bill of $40 billion.
Texas utility companies said more than 338,000 were without power and the coastal town of Rockport, 30 miles north of Corpus Christi was hardest hit as the storm – which has weakened to a tropical storm with winds of 70mph – settled over southeast Texas.
The storm will sit over the Lone Star State well into next week pounding hundreds of miles of coastline with life-threatening storm surges; causing deadly walls of water to move inland.
With streets flooded and strewn with power lines and debris; authorities warned the storm’s most destructive powers were just beginning.
Rainfall that will continue for days could dump more than FIVE FEET of water and inundate many communities; including dangerously flood-prone Houston, the nation’s fourth-largest city.
By dawn, more than 20 inches of rain had fallen in Corpus Christi and 16 inches of rain had fallen in Houston. In a press conferences, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said another 20 to 30 more inches of rain could fall; and that ‘dramatic flooding’ remained the biggest concern.
A disaster declaration has been made for 50 counties.