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Offbeat Strangers help woman who was planning to ride out Florence with 7 rescue dogs

16:25  14 september  2018
16:25  14 september  2018 Source:   cnn.com

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A South Carolina woman who was planning to ride out Hurricane Florence because she couldn't evacuate with her seven rescue dogs has found a way out.

After CNN reported on Christine Meinhold's dilemma Wednesday, strangers reached out on Facebook -- and thanks to a crowdfunding campaign, they rented her a truck so she could reach her family in Tennessee.

The organizer of the campaign, Palms Springs-based radio host Kate Zenna, said she started raising funds because she "wasn't able to let all those dogs perish."

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Strangers help South Carolina woman , 7 rescue dogs escape Hurricane Florence by sending a 'miracle'. A woman living near Myrtle Beach with her seven rescue dogs was expecting to ride out effects of Hurricane Florence at her home, until strangers raised thousands of dollars to get her out .

A South Carolina woman who was planning to ride out Hurricane Florence because she couldn't evacuate with her seven rescue dogs has found a way “I went to rescue dogs alone after Katrina and what I saw will never be forgotten. And now I am living with a lot of dogs and always have a plan

"I went to rescue dogs alone after Katrina and what I saw will never be forgotten. And now I am living with a lot of dogs and always have a plan," she told CNN.

Meinhold's dogs on the rented truck© Christine Meinhold Meinhold's dogs on the rented truck Zenna said about 16 people across the US coordinated on Facebook chat and donated to help Meinhold evacuate with her dogs. Initially, the group planned to purchase a 2009 Dodge Journey with the help of a generous single $5,200 donation, Zenna said.

When that plan fell through, a donor suggested to rent a U-Haul van.

Pictures shared on Facebook show the journey of Meinhold and her dogs out of the danger area on the rented van.

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'I can't abandon them'

Meinhold lives just outside Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, with the dogs that she has rescued.

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The dogs stood on their hind legs to avoid drowning in the storm's fast rising flood waters. Their owners left the property to flee Hurricane Florence . Rescuer Ryan Nichols waded through knee-deep water to rescue the dogs who were whimpering and howling for help .

Complete strangers banded together to form a human chain Saturday to rescue a family caught in a Florida Eighty beachgoers rushed into the water and joined hands when they heard the cries for help in She bravely swam out to their rescue , but she also got swept up by the water, as did the boys'

"I really don't have the resources to evacuate with seven dogs," she told CNN on Wednesday. "When I rescued these dogs, I took on a responsibility of loving and caring for them the rest of their lives."

She added: "I can't abandon them. My car has over 205,000 miles on it and won't make it far. I can't imagine breaking down somewhere and putting them in danger."

At the time, she said she would board up her house as best as she could.

During Hurricane Matthew in 2016, Meinhold helped rescue animals from the floodwaters.

"I have two hurricane dogs from Matthew that I took in after they were pulled out of the water," she said. "One was so skinny, you can imagine my surprise when I got her home and she had six puppies. Didn't know she was pregnant, she was so skinny. I found rescue for all six puppies."

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