There came a glimmer of joy and hope on Monday as promises of survival emerged when three puppies found alive after five days by emergency workers were brought to safety. An avalanche of snow destroyed the Rigopiano Hotel in Farindola, Italy last Wednesday. The discovery of the puppies buried under the tons of snow was a miracle.
According to the USA Today, Italy’s fire brigade said the three white sheepdogs puppies had been found in an air pocket in the hotel’s boiler room. Rescuers were still holding on to hope that the more than 20 guests and hotel employees still missing after the avalanche, triggered by a series of earthquakes, could still be alive. The owner of the hotel remains missing. On Monday, the death toll registered as seven. Nine other people have been rescued.
As to the adorable puppies, their sheepdog parents Nuvola and Lupo also managed to escape alive. The dogs were found on Friday wandering around the area. The dogs are currently staying with friends of the owners, and the puppies have been reunited.
Firefighters have stated the discovery of the puppies five days after the avalanche show that conditions under the snow could still support life. Crews continue to dig by hand, shovels and chainsaws hoping to find the missing people alive. A excavator has reached the site – speeding up rescue efforts.
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(Video courtesy of Vigili del Fuoco. Screenshots of puppies found alive via USA Today)