Published: Tue, October 08, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

'Miracle' dog rescued from rubble in Bahamas month after Hurricane Dorian

'Miracle' dog rescued from rubble in Bahamas month after Hurricane Dorian

It had been a month since Hurricane Dorian decimated the Bahamas with Category 5 strength, killing at least 50 people.

His rescue was all thanks to drone technology that used infra-red detection to spot a small patch of heat coming from under the layers of building debris.

Then, the drone operated by Florida-based shelter Big Dog Ranch Rescue sensed heat.

Kraus said that while giving Miracle his well-earned name was a "joint effort", it was Big Dog Ranch Rescue's founder and president Lauree Simmons who first started calling the dog the name they all were thinking. They have reunited some animals with their house owners, while other animals hold out for new households. It's estimated that the dog had been trapped for about three weeks. Volunteer Sean Irion sat with him for a few minutes, permitting him lick doggy food items out of a can, to gain his rely on. His ribs confirmed by his mild brown fur.

"Look at that tail wagging!"

"The dogs know who rescue them", Kraus said.

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Irion and another volunteer then heaved debris out of the way and gently placed a leash around the dog's neck. Irion picked up the canine, silent and unmoving, and carried him out of the wreckage.

Unfortunately, a second dog found trapped alongside Miracle did not survive.

The 1-year-old mixed breed had been surviving only on rainwater, and was "skeleton thin and unable to walk", Scott said.

While it's been almost a month since Hurricane Dorian passed over the Bahamas, animal rescue efforts are still very much ongoing.

His care now includes antibiotics, gradual feeding and actual physical remedy to assist him get back his muscle tone. It is now receiving medical treatment, food, and water and is expected to make a full recovery.

He said: 'Miracle will be up for adoption following recovery, unless his owners claim him. ⭐️Also, thank you so very much to Amber Batteiger from American Humane and Dr. Bailey, Abaco Veterinarian - who helped triage Miracle by giving him fluids to stabilize him for the flight to Big Dog Ranch Rescue. To Simmons, it is unimaginable that any canine survived the catastrophe. The recovering puppy, she said, is a sign to families displaced by the tragedy that "there's hope for rebuilding and a new beginning". When they saw something, rescuers rushed and uncovered the rubble to find a malnourished dog.

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