The three puppies rescued from avalanche were local celebrities


A week after a deadly avalanche ravaged an Italian resort town, rescuers made a miraculous find under the snow-packed mountainous ground.

Three fluffy sheepdog puppies were found in the hotel's wreckage, all of whom were local celebrities. Hotel Rigopiano regularly posted pictures of the pups, born to two of the resort's 'resident' sheepdogs, to their Facebook page.

The puppies' parents also survived the avalanche and were found Wednesday.

"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," said one of the rescuers, according to Fox News.

The miraculous rescue of the dogs have given rescuers new hope. So far, Italian search and rescue crews have found 9 survivors and 6 fatalities. However, 23 people are still missing.

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