Rescuers digging out an Italian hotel buried by an avalanche discovered three puppies that survived for five days, raising hopes for 23 people still missing in the wall of snow.
Search teams have been working around the clock since Wednesday, when up to 16 feet of snow careened down a mountain and engulfed the Rigopiano Hotel near the resort town of Farindola. Central Italy had been slammed with up to three feet of falling snow when a series of severe earthquakes rocked the region, triggering the avalanche.
The discovery of the shaggy Abruzzo sheepdog pups means pockets of air could remain in the collapsed, luxury hotel.
“It’s an important sign of life, which gives us hope,” firefighter Fabio Jerman told Agence France-Presse.
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SOURCE: USA Today, John Bacon