Dog, Owner Rescued Just In Time From Rooftop During Historic Missouri Floods

Rescue workers pulled a Missouri man and his dog from the roof of a building where they were stranded overnight after historic flooding of the Mississippi River and its tributaries affected the Midwest states last week. The home was almost completely underwater by the time firefighters arrived.

Both the dog and the owner had to be treated for hypothermia, Eureka Fire Department representative Scott Barthelmass told ABC News. Barthelmass added that several other dogs had to be rescued from second stories of homes in the city.

See a video of the dramatic rescue:



During natural disasters, time is key in saving yourself and your pet, which is why AKC Reunite recommends having a disaster plan in place for the whole family. In addition to making a disaster readiness kit (see a checklist of what to pack here), it’s important to make sure your pet is microchipped and that your information with the microchip registry is up-to-date. Also, keep your pet’s vaccinations current and add a copy of the records into the kit.

Never evacuate without your pet.

Get more information on AKC’s role in and advice for protecting pets during natural disasters.

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