A dog has been spotted chained up and abandoned as flood waters from Hurricane Harvey rise around it.
Photographs taken on Saturday show the dog chained to a telephone pole in Victoria, Texas, where as much as 10 inches of rain have inundated the area in the past 24 hours.
The county remains under a flash flood warning, and Texas officials have warned repeatedly against leaving pets and livestock tied up in the elements.
A passerby freed the animal when it became apparent that the owner had abandoned it and it was in imminent danger of drowning.
Nearby in Victoria, another dog was seen chained to a tree outside a mobile home in a puddle of water, also seemingly abandoned.
In Roman Forest, Texas, about 150 miles north of Victoria, the police chief minced no words when it came to animal abusers.
‘I promise you, that I will hold anyone accountable that unlawfully restrains their dog in extreme weather conditions,’ Chief Stephen Carlisle said in a statement on Friday.
‘Dogs are your family members too.’
Carlisle pointed out there is a specific state law that prohibits leaving a dog tied up outside in any extreme weather conditions, including under a hurricane or tropical storm warning.
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