Video: Dog rescued from landslide that killed 50
Published 09/06/2014 | 11:11
A DOG buried for more than 18 hours after an avalanche has been rescued after he was heard barking.
The dog, which rescuers called Afortunado or ‘The Lucky One’, was buried after the avalanche swept through Joya Grande village in north-west Guatemala.
Torrential rain has caused a number of mud slides in the region, and approximately 50 people have lost their lives.
Jose Guerdola, one of the team members sent to search for survivors, said: "We were looking for people and always, always was this faint sound, like a permanent rapping or tapping.
"We assumed it was someone trapped in a cellar who was hitting a pipe. We dug and dug, and we sweated and slaved, and as we got closer we realised it was the barking of a dog.
"When we broke through to where he was he jumped into our arms and licked our faces. Unfortunately there was no-one left alive in the rubble with him but we took him to safety."
The dog has been placed in the care of a local animal shelter until a family can be found that will take him in.
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