Rescuing stranded family pets by boat in the midst of Hurricane Florence

YouTube download / AP video / (14 Sep 2018) As floodwaters rise across southwest North Carolina, some residents are volunteering to perform animal rescues by boat in flooded neighborhoods.

While the sanctity of human life is priority No. 1 in  a hurricane like Florence that is seemingly stalled over the Carolinas and flexing its muscles with heavy rains and strong winds  and the sad reality of seven deaths, including those of a mother and her infant, the next worse thing to tug at our heartstrings are stranded household pets - namely cats and dogs.

But scores of volunteers are doing their part to rescue man's best friends by way of boats as shown in the Associated Press video. 

-- Henry Frederick, Headline Surfer, reporting from Orlando, Florida

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.