(MEREDITH) – Two dogs that were left on a boat surrounded by floodwater after their owners were forced to evacuate during Hurricane Harvey have been rescued.
CNN reporter Ed Lavandera, who's covering the devastating storm in Houston, Texas, shared a heartbreaking photo of the dogs on Instagram Sunday with the following caption:
"Two dogs left behind in a boat. Sadly a family had to evacuate their flooded neighborhood in Dickinson, #Texas without their dogs. Hope they're ok. #houston"
On Tuesday, Lavandera posted an update saying the two pups, named Frankie and Bear, were finally rescued.
"A combination of volunteer rescuers and friends pitched in to save the day," he said in the post. "They're being cared for and the owners will reconnect (with) them at some point."
In the original post, Lavandera said he believes the family probably made a tough decision when leaving their pets behind and would hopefully come back to get them.
“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.”
Rescuers continue to pull people from rising floodwaters as more rain is expected to pummel the state. Federal officials have predicted the deadly storm will drive 30,000 people into shelters and spur 450,000 people to seek some sort of disaster assistance.
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