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Abandoned Maltese Is Rescued After Spending One Entire Week Floating On Couch After Hurricane

by Amy Paige
Amy is the Director of Trending Content at LittleThings. After graduating from Florida State University with a creative writing degree, she moved straight to New York City to pursue a career in the arts. She loves discovering and sharing viral videos, watching movies with her Muppet-like poodle mix named Cali, and doing the robot whenever possible.

After Hurricane Florence devastated the Carolinas in September 2018, local animal shelters were inundated with lost pets.

But one small dog, a Maltese named Soshe, didn’t make it out of her home in Burgaw, North Carolina, in time.

Soshe’s owner contacted animal control to tell them the dog was trapped and all alone. The Humane Society of Missouri (HSMO) got wind of Soshe’s dire situation and desperately wanted to find her, but it was impossible to locate the right house. That’s because the entire neighborhood was underwater, and only the roofs were in view.

Meanwhile, the floodwaters continued to rise in Soshe’s home.

All she could do was take refuge on a soaking-wet couch that floated throughout the damaged home for days on end.

Members of the HSMO continued to travel throughout North Carolina to rescue animals in need. And finally, the water levels in Burgaw began to drop.

Nearly one week after Hurricane Florence struck, Soshe’s house became visible, and the HSMO team went to try to find her. They spotted a home that seemed to match the description and were able to make out part of the address. By this point, the floodwaters were still 6 to 7 feet.

As the team moved in closer to the home, they heard the sound of barking and whimpering.

Miraculously, little Soshe was still alive and fighting for her life…

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