Last week, a devastating avalanche struck a hotel in central Italy's Abruzzo region, Time reports. The disaster left at least seven dead and 22 others missing, but rescue workers and concerned people following the story got a wonderful bit of hope on Monday when three Maremma sheepdog puppies were found alive in the rubble.
These 3 Incredible Puppies Survived 5 Days In The Rubble Of An Avalanche
The puppies were born in December to the hotel's resident dogs, Lupo and Nuvola, The Local reports. Along with their parents, the puppies were beloved by hotel staff and guests, like Italian TV actress Barbara d'Urso, who posted pictures of them on Instagram before the disaster.
The puppies' parents escaped avalanche to the nearby village of Farindola, but the little ones themselves were missing for several days.
On Monday, one firefighter on the scene called the puppies' survival "an important sign of life, which gives us hope," which is so very accurate.
The puppies brought joy and hope to the rescuers, who are still searching for (human) survivors.
"They just started barking very softly," Sonia Marini, a member of the Forestry Corps told the AP. "In fact, it was hard to find them right away because they were hidden. Then we heard this very tiny bark and we saw them from a little hole the firefighters had opened in the wall. Then we expanded the hole and we pulled them out."
According to firefighters on the scene, the puppies have been checked over by vets and they're doing well. Thank goodness for this bit of good news during such an overwhelming tragedy.