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Dog Chained Up During Flood Gets Adopted by the County Sheriff Who Saved Her

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County Sheriff Troy E. Nehls was evaluating the impact of the flooding from Hurricane Harvey in Fort Bend County, Texas when he spotted a dog who was struggling to keep her head above the flood water in front of a flooded home.

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Troy E. Nehls

Nehls was initially confused as to why the dog was waiting there and had not simply swum to safety but upon inspection, he and a news crew who was with him learned that the dog was actually chained to the porch.

“We maneuvered the airboat around to the front porch,” Nelhs told The Dodo. “The news reporter from [local NBC affiliate] KPRC, Mr. Archer, jumped into the water with another individual. They tried to get the dog out of the high water, but he wouldn’t come. That’s when we determined that he was actually tied to the front porch.”

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Troy E. Nehls

Nehls and the group saved the dog, which they named Archer, and sent her to the Houston Humane Society.

While the county sheriff could have just left the dog at the shelter, Nehls decided to save Archer one last time by adopting her.

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Troy E. Nehls

“On Sunday, my family went to the Humane Society to introduce ourselves to Archer,” said Nelhs. “Then we made a family decision to adopt Archer. We took her home that day, and it’s been wonderful ever since.”

The original owner of Archer has received a lot of criticism online after the news about her being tied to the porch during the flood went viral. The previous owner claims that he attempted to rescue the dog but was stopped at a checkpoint, preventing him from reaching the house.

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Troy E. Nehls

Although the owner could have done other things to help save Archer, everything is now in the past and Nehls is just glad that his family can give Archer the love and care she deserves.

“There’s a bond this dog and I have now that will remain with us. She’s not tied up to a front porch. Now she’s in a home that is comfortable, she’s sleeping on a bed and she gets constant attention from the family. I truly believe this dog has a new outlook on her life,” Nelhs said.

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