Amazing Dog Rescue During Hurricane Isaac (Video)

By Animal Planet

A 70-year-old Louisiana man and his four dogs found themselves trapped in the attic of their home after a levee broke during the recent Hurricane Isaac rampage.

The National Guard brought out their axes and rescued Fred Leslie and his four terrified dogs. As rescuers were grabbing the dogs from their flooding attic through the air vent, one frantic dog reportedly jumped into the rescuers’ arms.

[Related: Dogs Rescued From Hurricane Isaac (PHOTOS) -- Discovery]

Since Hurricane Isaac was labeled a Category One hurricane, many residents of Leslie’s neighborhood chose to remain in their residence despite evacuation orders. Category One hurricanes typically pose threat buildings or structures, but in Isaac’s case, the hurricane was strong enough to flood over a one-mile stretch of levee. Leslie reportedly lost his prior home seven years ago to Hurricane Katrina.

As of this writing, 28 shelter dogs have been rescued from the ravages of Hurricane Isaac and are currently up for adoption. To find more information on how you can adopt a dog rescued from Hurricane Isaac, visit Northeast Animal Shelter.

See the harrowing rescue above –  it starts at 1:15.



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Christine T.

I'm glad that rescuers are saving people AND their pets this time (I guess Katrina was a different story)...

April T.
April T.4 years ago

Well done to these rescuers who saved the dogs aswell. they were no trouble to save and I wish they would always take time to rescue animals at these times, the owners would be so grateful.

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Susan P.
Susan P.4 years ago

My heart goes out to all of those with yet another situation like Katrina. People trapped in homes and trying to save their pets. I don't even think that the people were able to completely rebuild from the Katrina devastation. I know many had to leave their pets behind during Katrina and that had to be extremely heartbreaking. Losing their homes and all of their possessions. Losing their pets. I am so glad that people who are rescuing the victims of this storm are taking their pets along with them. God Bless each and everyone of these people and help them rebuild quickly. There has to be a long term solution for this area when storms like this hit. They can't just keep being victims and starting over again. After this gets settled down, money should go into making sure that another storm doesn't devastate again. There has to be a better way that is more reliable so the residents aren't left helpless. How horrible for them. They need help rebuilding and they need help building a long term solution that keeps them from being flooded out like this again. How heart breaking for them. We are all praying for all of you in that area and your pets too.

natalie n.
natalie n.4 years ago

all lives must be saved during such a crisis, thanks to the rescue workers.

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Deb L.
Deb L.4 years ago

Poor animals, they are family too, but so often get left behind, separated or lost forever (die). So sad.

Mary Beth M.
Mary Beth M.4 years ago

They were very lucky. In Katrina, they would have left the dogs or shot them.

Carmely Guizar
Carmely Guizar4 years ago

well done!!! cool :)))

Jane R.
Jane R.4 years ago

I'm so glad the man and his dogs were rescued. I can't imagine what it would feel like to be trapped in your atic, not knowing if anyone would find you.