Dogs and Cats Rescued from North Dakota Floods
Machinery Technician 3rd Class Dan Fraley, pictured here, used an airboat to rescue a dog from an Oxbow-area woman's home on Thursday. Nearby Petty Officer 1st Class Gabe Wilch helped a family leave the flood waters and lifted their cat out in a carrier. The Coast Guard even used helicopter buckets to rescue at least three dogs and a cat.
In video shot by the Coast Guard, an HH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew, from Air Station Traverse City, Mich., rescued three people, including one with a head injury, and a dog and cat. After the people were evacuated, the Coast Guard put the cat's carrier in the basket and reeled it up to safety. The dog didn't have a carrier, so the people made a makeshift one by punching holes in a tub container.
The Red Cross is reminding animal people: "Don't forget to prepare to evacuate your pets. Assemble a pet disaster kit (collar, leach, ID Food, carrier, bowl)." We applaud rescuers efforts and hope that all of the people and pets are safely evacuated!