In South Carolina, a man has adopted the Labrador mix he rescued during the flood.
Alex Scroggins was helping his family save as many of their belongings as possible from their home in Conway earlier last week when a barking and whining Labrador mix on his neighbor’s porch caught his attention.
At first, he assumed that his neighbor was around or would soon be coming back to pick up the dog. But after several trips to the boat to load belongings, he realized that no one was going to save the frightened pooch.
“I asked some neighbors and they said the owner had left the dog there a few days earlier,” Scroggins told The Dodo.
With floodwaters continuing to rise, he knew that if he didn’t save the Labrador dog he would have drowned.
“I approached him, and he was skittish at first, since his owner had left him high and dry. After I put my hand out and let him get used to me, he calmed down and I petted him. We scooped him up and took him to safety on the boat,” Scroggins shared. “He was almost without a dry place to stand by the time I found him. That dog was going to be swept out. It would have been only a matter of time before we saw him floating in the river dead.”
Scroggins tried to find a no-kill shelter to take the poor Labrador dog in, but fate had another plan.
“All the shelters around here were completely full, so I decided to bring him home with me for the night. I cleaned him up and fed him. He was so happy to be safe,” he said.
He only planned to keep the dog for a day but when he found the Lab’s owner the next day – all that changed.
Scoggins said the man who dumped the dog didn’t care to have him back.
“The owner who left the dog knows I have him, but he doesn’t care. He didn’t even ask about him,” Scroggins said. “He had another dog before that needed to be rescued by the Humane Society because he left him tied to a tree outside without food. I don’t think he cared if Lucky would die out there. He had time to come get him, but he didn’t. Who would do that? I’d get my dog before I got anything else.”
Scroggins had no plans to get a dog. But now he says the Labrador, who he named Lucky, is more than welcome to live with him.
“I feel like he understands what happened, ’cause now he refuses to leave my side. It makes me feel better knowing the dog is in a better place than he was. If you see someone in need of help and you can do something, then do something — that goes for people and animals. If you can help out, try. That’s what I hope people take away from this,” Scroggins said.