The terrifying moment turned into a heartwarming one as the pooch was reunited with his 77-year-old best friend.
The war in Ukraine has not only displaced people but also killed thousands, especially after Russian soldiers bombed the nation on President Vladimir Putin's orders. Many cities have been reduced to rubbles and from one such area, a tiny puppy was recently rescued.
The terrifying moment turned into a heartwarming one as the pooch was reunited with his 77-year-old best friend. In the video, which was filmed in a bombed-out area of eastern Ukraine where the dog and his owner resided, one can clearly see the devastating aftermath of a Russian shell attack on the homes in the village of Mikhailovka, Donetsk region, reports Daily Mail.
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While the elderly man managed to escape in time before his house was destroyed he did sustain some injuries. Despite just narrowly escaping death, his immediate thought was about his pet who didn't seem to be around. Cops soon arrived at the scene of the shelling once it ended and began their rescue efforts.
It was after hearing a weak sequel from under piles of concrete that they began digging the rubble. After uncovering most of the broken rocks, they found the tiny black pup covered in dust, struggling to breathe. By some miracle, he managed to survive just like his owner.
After being handed over the unscathed pooch, the man was quick to thank Donetsk Regional Police officers wholeheartedly for their quick response and recovery of the persistent pup. "Thanks to the boys for doing everything quickly and promptly here... Thanks a lot to them!" he reportedly said.
Meanwhile, the Donetsk Regional Police said that they were more than happy to help reunite the two. "Every life is important - this is the slogan of the police and rescuers of Donetsk Oblast," said Donetsk Regional Police according to Mirror. "The recent shelling of Mykhailivka Village nearly killed a 77-year-old man. He miraculously survived and his puppy was buried under debris and earth. The elderly man was desperate to see his four-legged friend."
"Law enforcement officers did not give up hope of finding him...Together, police and rescuers found and pulled the dog out of the ground," they added. "The owner and his dog were given medical care. All is well with them. Russia's war crimes have been documented. The occupier will be held accountable for every missile and projectile fired at civilians," noted local police.
The heart-melting footage was provided by the Main Directorate of the State Emergency Service (SES) of Ukraine in Donetsk Oblast, who said, "Donetsk region. Following the recent shelling of one of the settlements in the region. The elderly man, who almost died from the Russian orcs' bombs, is seen holding his rescued puppy. There is so much life in this video. So much kindness and courage of those who continue to perform their duties under daily shelling."
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