Many travel to Italy for the beauty and history of the country. But for the guests in the Rigopiano Hotel on January 18, 2017, their trip took a negative turn. Three powerful earthquakes hit central Italy creating a massive snow avalanche trapping hotel guests and employees for days. Everywhere one looked, all that was seen was destruction and fear. When finally, five days into the rescue teams’ searches, three beautiful, white Abruzzo sheepdog puppies were found alive in the rubble and devastation. Rigopiano Hotel in Abruzzo, Italy was decimated after a snow avalanche buried the tourist destination. Approximately 60,000 tons of snow, rock, and uprooted and broken trees made for treacherous conditions as rescue teams slowly and carefully searched for survivors. As they were working, faint barking could be heard signaling the workers of puppies trapped in the rubble. Rescue workers continued searching until finally discovering the puppies through a hole in a wall made by firefighters. After breaking down the wall, rescuers encountered the excited and lively puppies in the boiler room of the hotel. In the video http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/wireStory/questions-arise-italys-response-snow-hit-hotel-44982204, rescue workers are seen carrying the sweet puppies to a waiting transport vehicle where they were taken to an animal hospital. One particular rescuer buried his face into the soft, white fur for a kiss and hug.
All three puppies are healthy and doing well. The resident sheepdogs and parents of the litter, Lupo and Nuvola, escaped the buried hotel and were found by a hotel bartender. The goal is to reunite Lupo and Nuvola with their puppies soon. This rescue was a much-needed spirit boost for the search and rescue teams. Finding these puppies alive among the rubble gives those still searching for survivors hope as they continue their work.