Puppies rescued at the Italian hotel hit by an avalanche

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Italy's fire department released video of three puppies rescued on Monday, January 23rd at the Rigopiano Hotel which was flattened by an avalanche on Wednesday, January 18th.

Twenty-three people are still missing and rescue workers have been working around the clock since they arrived at the site on Thursday, January 19th. Nine people have been rescued from the rubble and two others survived because they had stepped out of the premises when the avalanche hit. Six people have been confirmed dead.

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A handout photograph provided by the Italian Fire Department shows rescue crews hold pets as they make search and rescue works in the area of the hotel Rigopiano, which was hit by a massive avalanche due to earthquakes on 18 January in central Italy, in Farindola, Abruzzo region, Italy, on January 23, 2017.

(Photo by Vigili del Fuoco/Handout/Editorial Use Only/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

A handout photograph provided by the Italian Fire Department shows rescue crews hold pets as they make search and rescue works in the area of the hotel Rigopiano, which was hit by a massive avalanche due to earthquakes on 18 January in central Italy, in Farindola, Abruzzo region, Italy, on January 23, 2017.

(Photo by Vigili del Fuoco/Handout/Editorial Use Only/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

A handout photograph provided by the Italian Fire Department shows rescue crews hold pets as they make search and rescue works in the area of the hotel Rigopiano, which was hit by a massive avalanche due to earthquakes on 18 January in central Italy, in Farindola, Abruzzo region, Italy, on January 23, 2017.

(Photo by Vigili del Fuoco/Handout/Editorial Use Only/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

A handout photograph provided by the Italian Fire Department shows rescue crews hold pets as they make search and rescue works in the area of the hotel Rigopiano, which was hit by a massive avalanche due to earthquakes on 18 January in central Italy, in Farindola, Abruzzo region, Italy, on January 23, 2017.

(Photo by Vigili del Fuoco/Handout/Editorial Use Only/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

A handout photograph provided by the Italian Fire Department shows rescue crews hold pets as they make search and rescue works in the area of the hotel Rigopiano, which was hit by a massive avalanche due to earthquakes on 18 January in central Italy, in Farindola, Abruzzo region, Italy, on January 23, 2017.

(Photo by Vigili del Fuoco/Handout/Editorial Use Only/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

A handout picture provided by the Italian Fire Department shows an aerial view of hotel Rigopiano after it was hit by an avalanche in Farindola (Pescara), Abruzzo region, early 19 January 2017.

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Rescuers walk near the rescue operations center in Penne, some 20 km from the site of an avalanche that engulfed the Hotel Rigopiano in heavy snow and earthquake-ravaged central Italy, on January 23, 2017. Italian rescuers pulled nine survivors from the hotel hit by an avalanche on January 18, 2016 and continue to search the 23 people still trapped under the ruins. A sixth victim was pulled out of the rubble and snow yesterday.

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A handout picture provided by the Italian Fire Department shows an aerial view of hotel Rigopiano after it was hit by an avalanche in Farindola (Pescara), Abruzzo region, early 19 January 2017.

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Member of the Italian Red Cross walk near the rescue operations center in Penne, some 20 km from the site of an avalanche that engulfed the Hotel Rigopiano in heavy snow and earthquake-ravaged central Italy, on January 23, 2017. Italian rescuers pulled nine survivors from the hotel hit by an avalanche on January 18, 2016 and continue to search the 23 people still trapped under the ruins. A sixth victim was pulled out of the rubble and snow yesterday.

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Italian soldiers walk near the rescue operations center in Penne, some 20 km from the site of an avalanche that engulfed the Hotel Rigopiano in heavy snow and earthquake-ravaged central Italy, on January 23, 2017. Italian rescuers pulled nine survivors from the hotel hit by an avalanche on January 18, 2016 and continue to search the 23 people still trapped under the ruins. A sixth victim was pulled out of the rubble and snow yesterday.

(FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

A photo taken from a video shows the Hotel Rigopiano in Farindola, central Italy, hit by an avalanche, in this January 19, 2017 handout picture provided by Italy's Finance Police.

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Three shaggy white Abruzzo sheepdog puppies were found in the hotel boiler room, the fire department said on their website.

The puppies parents, Lupo (wolf) and Nuvola (cloud), had escaped the avalanche and were found in the valley.

Authorities have been accused of acting to slow after a series of earthquakes shook central Italy.

Italian media published an email sent by the hotel manager on Jan. 18 to an array of local authorities, urging help to clear the access roads to enable the guests to escape after the region was rattled by powerful earthquakes.

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A mountain view from the main road to Monterale, after a 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck the region, on January 19, 2017. Several people have died after a ski hotel was buried by an avalanche in earthquake-hit central Italy, local media reported quoting rescue services. 'There are many dead,' Antonio Crocetta, the head of a group of Alpine police that was trying to reach the cut-off hotel, was quoted as saying. / AFP / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)
Firefighters arrive near Hotel Rigopiano, hit by an avalanche, in Farindola, central Italy, in this January 19, 2017 handout picture provided by Italy's firefighters. Vigili del Fuoco/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
An aerial view shows Hotel Rigopiano in Farindola, central Italy, hit by an avalanche, in this January 19, 2017 handout picture provided by Italy's firefighters. Vigili del Fuoco/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Snow covers a car of the Italian Civil Protection (Protezione Civile) parked at a nearby sports ground in Montereale, after a 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck the region, on January 19, 2017. / AFP / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)
A car drives along the main road to Monterale, after a 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck the region, on January 19, 2017. Several people have died after a ski hotel was buried by an avalanche in earthquake-hit central Italy, local media reported quoting rescue services. 'There are many dead,' Antonio Crocetta, the head of a group of Alpine police that was trying to reach the cut-off hotel, was quoted as saying. / AFP / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)
A photo taken from a video shows the snow inside the Hotel Rigopiano in Farindola, central Italy, hit by an avalanche, in this January 19, 2017 handout picture provided by Italy's Finance Police.
A photo taken from a video shows the snow inside the Hotel Rigopiano in Farindola, central Italy, hit by an avalanche, in this January 19, 2017 handout picture provided by Italy's Finance Police.
A photo taken from a video shows the snow inside the Hotel Rigopiano in Farindola, central Italy, hit by an avalanche, in this January 19, 2017 handout picture provided by Italy's Finance Police.
An aerial photo shows the rescuers heading to Hotel Rigopiano in Farindola, central Italy, hit by an avalanche, in this January 19, 2017 handout picture provided by Italian Police.
A photo taken from a video shows a survivor, helped by rescuers, coming out from Hotel Rigopiano in Farindola, central Italy, hit by an avalanche, in this January 19, 2017 handout picture provided by Italy's Finance Police.
A photo taken from a video shows a rescuer entering the Hotel Rigopiano in Farindola, central Italy, hit by an avalanche, in this January 19, 2017 handout picture provided by Italy's Finance Police.
A photo taken from a video shows a rescuer entering the Hotel Rigopiano in Farindola, central Italy, hit by an avalanche, in this January 19, 2017 handout picture provided by Italy's Finance Police.
Dogs stand in front of a large tent on a nearby sports ground in Montereale, after a 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck the region, on January 19, 2017. Several people have died after a ski hotel was buried by an avalanche in earthquake-hit central Italy, local media reported quoting rescue services. 'There are many dead,' Antonio Crocetta, the head of a group of Alpine police that was trying to reach the cut-off hotel, was quoted as saying. / AFP / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)
A mountain view taken along the main road to Monterale, after a 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck the region, on January 19, 2017. Several people have died after a ski hotel was buried by an avalanche in earthquake-hit central Italy, local media reported quoting rescue services. 'There are many dead,' Antonio Crocetta, the head of a group of Alpine police that was trying to reach the cut-off hotel, was quoted as saying. / AFP / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)
Two dogs wonder past a vehicle and mounds of snow at a nearby sports ground in Montereale, after a 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck the region, on January 19, 2017. Several people have died after a ski hotel was buried by an avalanche in earthquake-hit central Italy, local media reported quoting rescue services. 'There are many dead,' Antonio Crocetta, the head of a group of Alpine police that was trying to reach the cut-off hotel, was quoted as saying. / AFP / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)
A mountain view from the main road to Monterale, after a 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck the region, on January 19, 2017. Several people have died after a ski hotel was buried by an avalanche in earthquake-hit central Italy, local media reported quoting rescue services. 'There are many dead,' Antonio Crocetta, the head of a group of Alpine police that was trying to reach the cut-off hotel, was quoted as saying. / AFP / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)
A photo taken from a video shows a survivor, helped by rescuers, coming out from Hotel Rigopiano in Farindola, central Italy, hit by an avalanche, in this January 19, 2017 handout picture provided by Italy's Finance Police.     
A still image taken from a video shows firefighters working at Hotel Rigopiano in Farindola, central Italy, after it was hit by an avalanche, January 20, 2017 provided by Italy's Fire Fighters. Vigili del Fuoco/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
A still image taken from a video shows a firefighter working at Hotel Rigopiano in Farindola, central Italy, after it was hit by an avalanche, January 20, 2017 provided by Italy's Fire Fighters. Vigili del Fuoco/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
A still image taken from a video shows firefighters working at Hotel Rigopiano in Farindola, central Italy, after it was hit by an avalanche, January 20, 2017 provided by Italy's Fire Fighters.Vigili del Fuoco/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
A still image taken from a video shows the snow inside the Hotel Rigopiano, central Italy, after it was hit by an avalanche, January 20, 2017 provided by Italy's Fire Fighters. Vigili del Fuoco/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Firefighters work at Hotel Rigopiano in Farindola, central Italy, after it was hit by an avalanche, in this handout picture released on January 20, 2017 provided by Italy's Fire Fighters. Vigili del Fuoco/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Italian air helicopters rescuers join the rescue operation near the village of Penne, after an avalanche engulfed the mountain hotel Rigopiano in Farindola in the earthquake-ravaged central Italy, on January 20, 2017. At least 25 people, including several children, were feared dead after a barrage of snow hit the Hotel Rigopiano on Januray 18, afternoon, ripping the three-storey building from its foundations and moving it ten metres (11 yards). / AFP / Andreas SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)
Italian air helicopters rescuers join the rescue operation near the village of Penne, after an avalanche engulfed the mountain hotel Rigopiano in Farindola in the earthquake-ravaged central Italy, on January 20, 2017. At least 25 people, including several children, were feared dead after a barrage of snow hit the Hotel Rigopiano on Januray 18, afternoon, ripping the three-storey building from its foundations and moving it ten metres (11 yards). / AFP / Andreas SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)
Italian air helicopters rescuers join the rescue operation near the village of Penne, after an avalanche engulfed the mountain hotel Rigopiano in Farindola in the earthquake-ravaged central Italy, on January 20, 2017. At least 25 people, including several children, were feared dead after a barrage of snow hit the Hotel Rigopiano on Januray 18, afternoon, ripping the three-storey building from its foundations and moving it ten metres (11 yards). / AFP / Andreas SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)
Rescuers remove snow next to a house on a road to the village of Penne, after an avalanche engulfed the mountain hotel Rigopiano in Farindola in earthquake-ravaged central Italy, on January 19, 2017. At least 25 people, including several children, were feared dead after a barrage of snow hit the Hotel Rigopiano on Wednesday afternoon, ripping the three-storey building from its foundations and moving it ten metres (11 yards). / AFP / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)
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Staff operating emergency hotlines allegedly did not take seriously early telephone calls reporting the disaster.

Italian media said the emergency services had contacted the hotel's owner to see if he could confirm the avalanche. He reportedly said he knew nothing about it, but the operators were apparently unaware that he was not actually there.

As a result, the rescue operation only got into gear some 2-1/2 hours later, with the first rescue team arriving by ski 11 hours after the catastrophe because the roads were impassable.

The government has promised to review its emergency response apparatus in the wake of the disaster. A court in nearby Pescara has opened an investigation into the tragedy.

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