An avalanche in Italy’s Abruzzo region has resulted in the tragic loss of life. But the discovery of three furry little miracles buried under the snow has brought renewed hope to rescue workers.
An avalanche that destroyed a hotel in central Italy has left 14 dead and 11 still missing, but the discovery of three Abruzzo Sheepdog puppies found safe gives rescue workers hope that more missing may still be found. Rescue workers found the three puppies, who are a month-old and are the babies of the five-star hotel Rigopiano’s resident sheep dogs Nuvola and Lupo, still alive (due to an air pocket) under the rubble of the collapsed building.
Finding them renewed the hopes of rescue workers desperate to find more air pockets, saying they are a sign of life and proof more still may be found. The puppies’ parents thankfully were able to make their way to safety.
Sonia Marini, a member of the Forestry Corps helping with the efforts, said that finding the puppies was hard initially due to their size. Marini said that workers heard a soft bark, and then they saw the puppies from a hole firefighters had opened in the hotel wall. Rescue workers pulled the puppies from the hole, and the looks on their faces are clear they were thankful to be rescued from the chaos and destruction.
Cari was sure to stress that the puppies were found in an isolated part of the hotel, meaning that they were not necessarily sure that finding them was an indicator of finding human survivors nearby, especially as the weather worsens and the snow is turning to ice. But they are happy to have saved the puppies, and rescues help the human heart in such dramatic situations.
And if the appreciation given by the puppies is any indication of that heart-lifting, we hope that more survivors may beat the odds as well.