Hurricane Ida swept through town after town and left debris in it’s wake and this pile of debris looked like any other until a bystander heard a dog named Bubbles fighting for his life.
Not only was Bubbles trapped, but he was also chained up under the rubble unable to move. “We suspect the dog had been stuck there — terrified in the sweltering heat with no food or water — since the storm hit,” the LSPCA wrote on Facebook. “We carefully lifted the shed enough so we could guide the dog out from underneath and free him from the chain.”
“Once freed from the shed, Bubbles was super friendly and sweet and became almost immediately affectionate toward his rescuers,” the LASPCA wrote.
It’s unbelievable that Bubbles survives the storm in such difficult conditions. “I don’t know how he survived,” Rebecca Melanson, communications engagement specialist with the LASPCA. “He’s just a great dog who miraculously got through that. The sustained winds were so high — you have winds over 130 miles an hour hitting and an animal outside.”
After being rescued, Bubbles finally had a good nights sleep and a warm meal. “Bubbles is the sweetest big baby!” Melanson said. “Sometimes he tries to act tough, but he just wants some attention and love at the end of the day.”
Unfortunately, this sort of thing happens during natural disasters.
“It’s a common thing — you think you’re gonna be gone two or three days, and you turn out to be gone for weeks at a time,” Melanson said. “You think you’re leaving them in a safe place, but in reality, you’re not … that’s why we always encourage people to take their pets with them and include them in their hurricane plans.”