'Refugee dog' becomes unlikely hero of US floods after being spotted walking through streets of flooded Texas town with bag of its own food

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A dog pictured wandering around with an entire bag of food in its mouth has become an unlikely symbol of Texan resilience during major flooding.

Otis, a German Shepherd mix, escaped from the care of 65-year-old Salvador Segovia during Hurricane Harvey, which has so far claimed as many as nine lives.

Mr Segovia was looking after the dog for his 5-year-old grandson in Sinton, Texas, when it disappeared on Friday night.

A photo of the loose dog proudly carrying a large bag of dog food in its mouth went viral after it was posted on Facebook by local resident Tiele Dockens. Jokingly captioned with “#refugee”, the post was shared nearly 40,000 times. 

“We are a population of about 6,000,” Ms Dockens told Weather.com. “We were out today clearing tree limbs from streets. Families are already starting to clean up. Our town is still out of water and power. 

“I was driving around checking on family and friends’ properties that decided to evacuate Otis was strolling the streets after the owner let him out.”

Thankfully, Mr Segovia tracked down Otis before his grandson came back. Driving around the neighbourhood, he was flagged down by a neighbour who had spotted the dog with his tasty haul.

Apparently the dog is known to roam the town in search of treats: “Otis can go to Dairy Queen and he can get a hamburger. He’s the only dog allowed to lie down in front of the county court house,” Mr Segovia told the Houston Chronicle.

Authorities have warned that the worst weather from tropical Storm Harvey is yet to come. At least nine people appear to have died in the fiercest hurricane to hit the US in 13 years. 


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