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CNN reporter's photo of 2 dogs left behind in Harvey flooding goes viral

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Posted at 8:45 AM, Aug 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-30 09:45:54-04

CNN reporter Ed Lavandera captured what’s become a viral photo in the aftermath of the Hurricane Harvey.

Hurricane Harvey barreled toward southeastern Texas last Friday, making landfall around Corpus Christi. It since ran through Houston, leaving the city buried underwater.

At least 10 confirmed deaths have been reported, according to CNN. More than 56,000 911 calls have been placed, according to the City of Houston Office of Emergency Management.

Lavandera shared a photo on his Instagram of two dogs left behind in a boat. He said in his post that a family had to evacuate the neighborhood, which was in Dickinson, Texas.

Lavandera posted an update to the situation in a comment on his post, saying the family didn’t look to impose harm on the pets.

“I should add, I think the people have every intention of coming back to get the dogs,” he wrote. “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.”
Lavandera was also on site to see a man who was readying his own boat to go out and help those in need of rescue, according to the Deseret News.

"What are you going to do?" Lavandera asked the man. The man replied, "Go try to save some lives."

Later, Lavandera also met up with Austin Seth, who was saving stranded people with his own boat.