Video: Houston News Crew Rescues Dog Chained Up During Flood–Here’s How He Ended Up

July 29, 2019 Updated: August 4, 2019

In Houston, Texas, the news crews often find themselves having to navigate high and dangerous flood waters in order to report on the weather.

In the last few years, they’ve had a series of especially harrowing floods and storms that have left families fleeing for safety and entire street blocks completely submerged by rising rivers and water levels. It was during one of those floods in 2016 that the Houston Local 2 News crew went out in a boat to report the news—and instead ended up rescuing “someone” who had been left behind in the evacuations.

The crew were out on a boat floating down a residential street in June of 2016 when the city of Houston was pummeled by 16 inches of rain in just 12 hours.

Check out what this news crew did when they found a dog chained to the front porch of a flooded house!

تم النشر بواسطة ‏‎NBC12‎‏ في الخميس، ٢ يونيو ٢٠١٦

They had been filming to show the water levels and how severely they were impacting certain neighborhoods when they spotted a dog on someone’s front porch—and although his head was still above water, it was clear that he was submerged and struggling to stay safe. Upon closer inspection, it was clear that the dog had been chained to the porch and then left by his owners while they fled the area.

We found this poor guy standing in neck deep water and chained to a dog house. This is infuriating. These residents will…

تم النشر بواسطة ‏‎Sheriff Troy E. Nehls‎‏ في الثلاثاء، ٣١ مايو ٢٠١٦

Heartbroken by the scene they were confronted with, the news crew and a sheriff who had been leading the boat leapt into action. In a heroic video, the sheriff Troy Nehls and news anchor Phil Archer jumped out of the boat and waded through the murky flood waters to reach the porch.

The sweet dog was shivering and likely wouldn’t have survived much longer if they hadn’t reached her. But she was alive, and the crew was able to bring her to the Houston Humane Society to be cared for and given some extra love.

Just picked up this sweet dog.BIG thanks to KPRC2 Phil Archer, KPRC2 / Click2Houston, Sheriff Troy E. Nehls, & Fort…

تم النشر بواسطة ‏‎Houston Humane Society‎‏ في الثلاثاء، ٣١ مايو ٢٠١٦

Ultimately, Sheriff Nehls and his family decided that the good-natured pup was too cute not to bring home with them. They named her Archer after the news anchor who was willing to jump out of the boat to untie her, and in a twist of fate, he and his family adopted Archer not long after he saved her life. She’s been living with them ever since.

“He called and he said at the time, ‘Love, we’ve rescued this dog. It was tied up. It’s the cutest dog. I’m going to send you a picture,’” the sheriff’s wife, Jill Nehls, said in an interview after the fact. “I was already thinking, ‘Oh, is there going to be something more to this dog?’”

While covering the Brazos River floods of 2016, KPRC Channel 2 News reporter Phil Archer and rescuers came across a dog…

تم النشر بواسطة ‏‎KPRC2 / Click2Houston‎‏ في الثلاثاء، ١٣ يونيو ٢٠١٧

This was far from the only little pup that’s had to be rescued at the last minute by good Samaritans during devastating storms. Dogs in coastal cities across the United States often make headlines when they’re left behind to fend for themselves, and even animals as big as cattle have been rescued by kindhearted volunteers in floods elsewhere in the last year.

According to the Houston Humane Society, though, there’s a way to avoid that.

“[Have] a first aid kit, [have] a go bag with extra food in it and toys, [have] a pet that maybe, don’t crate, but you get them trained so that they’re not going to freak out if they go into a crate,” Schmidt said. “Don’t wait until [the] storm has hit to say, ‘Gosh, wish I had gotten my pet micro-chipped.’”