Dogs Left for Dead Find Porch by Miracle, Rescuers Follow Their Barking


Two dogs are in need of a forever home after being rescued from a partially submerged porch in Chinquapin, North Carolina.

The small town of Chinquapin was hit particularly hard during Tropical Storm Florence, leaving emergency response teams driving boats down the flooded roads to try and locate any stranded humans or animals.

Fox News correspondent Leland Vittert was among the personnel looking to bring some relief to anyone who might be stranded in their homes without power, food or water.

“The scenes were unbelievable,” Vittert reported on behalf of Fox News. “There is something surreal about driving down a road in a boat.”

Vittert joined fireman Josh Bergman on a boat as they searched for survivors.

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A faint barking floated through the air, and Bergman drove the boat toward the sound.

Bergman and Vittert came upon a house with floodwaters at the edge of the porch deck. Two dogs paced nervously back and forth, barking loudly with uncertainty.

“These dogs had been left for dead during Hurricane Florence and they swam through the flood, ended up on a porch,” Vittert said.

Bergman extended a kind hand toward the dogs and offered a comforting pat on the head. It took only a few moments for the dogs to understand that help was finally at their doorstep.

The dogs have been appropriately named Florence and Chinquapin, and were soon whisked away to Washington, D.C., to stay temporarily with Lucky Dog Animal Rescue.

Lucky Dog Animal Rescue is seeking donations to bring aid to the animals affected by Tropical Storm Florence. Doggies Florence and Chinquapin should be available for adoption as soon as Sept. 23.

Bergman was grateful to be a part of the dog’s rescue. “It was the right thing to do,” he said.

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A graduate of Grand Canyon University, Kim Davis has been writing for The Western Journal since 2015, focusing on lifestyle stories.
Kim Davis began writing for The Western Journal in 2015. Her primary topics cover family, faith, and women. She has experience as a copy editor for the online publication Thoughtful Women. Kim worked as an arts administrator for The Phoenix Symphony, writing music education curriculum and leading community engagement programs throughout the region. She holds a degree in music education from Grand Canyon University with a minor in eating tacos.
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