Dogs are known for their unswerving loyalty to humans.Unfortunately, humans aren't always as loyal in return.
The flood waters were rising in Fort Bend Country, TX last week when Sheriff Troy E. Nehls, riding an airboat to assess damage and escort a news crew, came upon a dog up to her neck in water on the front porch or a flooded house.
She was clearly in danger of drowning with no help in sight.
"The only thing we could see was her head above the water," Nehls told "I had a news crew with me filming the flooding, and I said, 'We have to get that dog out.'"
If you're wondering why the dog didn't swim away, the answer is simple: someone had tied her to the porch.
"We maneuvered the airboat around to the front porch," Nelhs said. "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 she wouldn't come. That's when we determined that she was actually tied to the front porch."
Archer quickly untied the dog and brought her to the Houston Humane Society.The otherwise-healthy sweetheart was named Archer, as a tribute to the reporter who'd rescued her.
But Archer's story doesn't end there.
"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."
We probably don't have to tell you that online outrage was high when word got out about Archer and the negligent human who'd tied her to a porch and left her to die.KPRC later got in touch with the man who owned her, who said he had no idea the water would get so high.He also claimed that authorities at a checkpoint had stopped him from returning home to rescue his dog.
Color us skeptical that he even mentioned his tied-up dog when trying to get through the checkpoint.
Whatever her past may have been, one thing's for certain: Archer will live out the rest of her days in a loving home—actually inside the home, and not chained up in front of it.
"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."