United States Coast Guard members of Shallow-Water Response Team 3 rescued beagles and their owners stranded by floodwater from Hurricane Florence. (Photo by USCG 5th District Mid Atlantic)
Photo: United States Coast Guard 5th District Mid Atlantic
Photo: United States Coast Guard 5th District Mid Atlantic

Hurricane Florence: Coast Guard rescues beagles by boatful in floodwater

USA Today reported that beagles were in cages as a trailer was underwater in Riegelwood, North Carolina.

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The dogs’ owners, Josephine Horne and her husband, Jackie Horne, were rescued first, brought on board a 16-foot Coast Guard punt boat. Another boat came by and Coast Guard member Mitchell Moretti rushed to rescue a beagle.

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“If we would have gotten here just a few minutes later, I don’t know if these guys would have made it,” Moretti said.

Soon the boat was filled with the dogs.

“We got a boat full of beagles!” crew member Tyler Elliott said. “This is the best day of my life!”

Horne told USA Today she and her husband initially evacuated to a relative's home, but went back to their trailer once it looked like the storm died down.

“It looked like everything was fine. It was fine,” she said. “It’s like this came out of nowhere all at once.”

A neighbor’s four pit bulls were also rescued.  

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