Photo of Dogs Left on a Boat in Hurricane Harvey Could Become Iconic

Posted by Allie Layos
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Pet owners are facing big challenges due to Hurricane Harvey, as this photo of two dogs perfectly illustrates. 

The photo, which shows two dogs on a boat surrounded by flood waters during Hurricane Harvey, was taken by a CNN reporter in Dickinson, Texas. The heartbreaking photo demonstrates the difficult decisions many pet owners are having to make when it comes to fleeing their flooded homes.

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CNN National Correspondent Ed Lavandera was the man behind the lens. He posted the soon-to-be-iconic photo to his Instagram account, which immediately filled up with both concerned and accusatory comments regarding the safety of the dogs.

Later, Lavandera provided this update:

"I should add, I think the people have every intention of coming back to get the dogs. Food was left behind and I suspect it had to be a tough choice and that they will come back for them as soon as they can."

However, while these dogs are now believed to be safe with their family, many other pets have not been so lucky, as the storm continues to pound the Texas Gulf Coast. The National Weather Service predicts that Brazos River waters could rise to 59 feet, three feet higher than the 2016 record. That amount of water could top the levees and cause levee failure.

Anyone wishing to donate to help flooding victims can do so through the Red Cross website or click here for more information.

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Photo of Dogs Left on a Boat in Hurricane Harvey Could Become Iconic