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Rescuers Save Hundreds of Pets From Massive Louisiana Flooding

Aug 18, 2016 04:20 AM EDT
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The massive Louisiana flooding took six people while hundreds of pets were rescued from homes. About 566 animals were saved early Monday.
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The massive Louisiana flooding took six people while hundreds of pets were rescued from homes.

According to Fox News, in some areas across southern Louisiana, the water rose over two feet within a 48-hour period.

"It does present a lot of challenges, but our agents have been trained for this," said Adam Einck, spokesman from Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. "What our guys do is very heroic -- they are going into these neighborhoods, the terrain is very treacherous, they work throughout the night."

The department had saved 566 animals early Monday.

The Huffington Post reported that on Aug. 12, Denham Springs Animal Shelter in New Orleans also suffered rising floodwaters. According to the shelter's GoFundMe page, despite the danger, staff and volunteers did their best to save as many animals as possible. They unbolt the kennel's door so that the dogs can swim out and climb onto the roofs.

The dogs were put to the higher ground while those people who did not evacuate are now assisting the shelter to offer temporary care and food for the animals, according to a volunteer from Denham Springs Animal Shelter.

To make sure that pets are taken care of, the state's Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is coordinating with animal shelters and the humane society.

There were a lot of lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina in 2005, according to Einck. He said that one of the challenges they encountered during evacuation of people was when these people don't want to leave their pets behind, as many pet owners wants to make sure that their animals are also safe and can be easily transported by having pet carriers.

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