Rescuers rescued a dog that was trapped 3 weeks after the earthquake in Turkey


The dog, named Alex, recovered after 3 weeks.


Three weeks after last month’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake, rescuers pulled a dog alive from a collapsed building in southern Turkey, local media reported Thursday.

On Wednesday, teams from a local municipality in central Turkey rescued Alex’s dog and handed it over to Haytap, a Turkish animal welfare organization in Antakya.

A video from the DHA news agency shows rescuers reaching between two large concrete slabs and calling for the trapped dog.

“Is he coming?” a rescuer crouched in a small depression in the ruins of a collapsed building.

“Alex, come, dear,” shouts the rescue dog. “Well done son.”

Footage later showed rescuers hugging and offering water to the dog, who appeared alert and healthy.

“Every living thing is important to us, human or animal,” said a resident of the private agency DHA after the miraculous rescue.

Rescuers saved hundreds of cats, dogs, rabbits and birds that were left unattended by residents of Antakya, one of the cities devastated by the natural disaster.

Haitap rescued dogs, rabbits, cows and even birds from the rubble of Antakya by crying calls from homeowners or neighbors.

Under the association’s roof, veterinarians treat and care for injured animals.

The animal rescues are a salve for a country reeling from the worst natural disaster in Turkey’s post-Ottoman history.

The earthquake killed more than 45,000 people in Turkey, thousands in neighboring Syria, and completely destroyed hundreds of thousands of buildings.

(Except for the headline, this story was not edited by NDTV staff and was published on a syndicated channel.)

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