Heartwarming Video Shows Moment Thirteen Dogs Are Rescued From California Wildfires

Over the past fortnight, wildfires have ripped through large swathes of California. At least 86 people have died as a result of the fires and more than 500 people are still missing.

Many animals have also been killed and thousands more have been displaced by the wildfires. But a touching video has captured the moment thirteen dogs were saved in Magalia, which neighbours the town of Paradise, where more than 13,000 houses are estimated to have been destroyed.

Daniel Sauvageau was one of the people who went to save the animals. He stayed there for three days and recording their rescue efforts on his phone.

He said: "I was tipped off by my friend Shaun who is working with PG&E (electrical company in the US) in the area - he is my eyes up there and tells me whenever he or his crew sees animals needing rescuing.

"We have rescued 17 dogs, 12 cats, six goats and a donkey named Waffles."

This dog is being treated for severe burns to its paws. Credit: PA
This dog is being treated for severe burns to its paws. Credit: PA

The footage highlights how the fires completely destroyed homes in the area, while others within close proximity were left unscathed.

In case you only watched the start of the video, it is also worth skipping to 1min 40secs, where Mr Sauvageau finds two dogs that appear to be Staffordshire Bull Terriers behind a fence. Their reaction is an adorable reminder of why dogs are the best thing in the whole world.

Many people were able to rescue their animals when the fires first began to break out on 8 November, however, many more weren't due to urgent evacuation orders.

Volunteers have been helping animal shelters and rescue teams in the area, assisting in operations and offering donations. Actress and animal-lover, Sandra Bullock, has helped the cause by making a $100,000 (£77,600) donation to animal shelter, the Humane Society of Ventura County.

A post on their Faceboook page read: "The Humane Society of Ventura County was deeply humbled today by a $100,000 donation from Sandra Bullock and family. Our efforts for rescuing and caring for evacuated animals from the Hill and Woolsey fires had caught her attention and her team reached out to the shelter to show their support.

Dogs have been assisting search teams in Paradise, California. Credit: PA
Dogs have been assisting search teams in Paradise, California. Credit: PA

"Sandra Bullock and her family have reached out to other nonprofit organisations both during this incident and in the past. However, this time she wanted to contribute to those on the front-line rescuing animals in peril and hope others will choose to do the same."

Dogs have also been assisting search teams in their efforts to locate the 500-plus people who are still unaccounted for.

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Jake Massey

Jake Massey is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from Newcastle University before going to live in Australia and New Zealand for a few years, where he wrote a travel blog. He has previously written for the Eastern Daily Press, Giggle Beats, CALM and Front Magazine. Jake enjoys playing football, listening to music and writing about himself in the third person.

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