Man Refuses To Leave His 60 Sled Dogs Until They Can Be Evacuated From Bushfire Area
An Australian man has become a hero on social media after revealing the lengths he has gone to in order to protect his animals.
Brett Hadden and around 60 husky dogs have been stranded in a Victorian fire zone after the military revealed they wouldn't be able to take the animals to safety.
As a result, Brett has been camping in a sleeping bag with his dogs until help can come.
Chinook helicopters have been able to rescue about 50 people from the Omeo region over the past few days, but they aren't equipped to take animals.
Mr Hadden has told 7News: "I would love to evacuate, but I've got too many animals. They know what's going on, but as long as I'm here, they're okay."
He explained how the fire front swept through the region over the weekend but thankfully his home is still standing.
His dogs help him in the alpine areas during the winter and he said there's no way he's going to abandon them after working with them for so many years.
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Thankfully for the firefighters and the some 300 people who chose to stay in the Omeo area, rain fell on Sunday, providing everyone with some much needed relief.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has given an update on the bushfire crisis, telling Australians: "For all of those who have lost loved ones, for all of those who have lost everything, their homes, their livelihoods, once again as a government and as a nation we extend our deepest sympathies to you, and we make this commitment to all Australians, that we will be there for you during this immediate response, and we will be there for the rebuilding and the recovery.
"Today in cabinet we have made a number of decisions to support that recovery effort, to do whatever it takes, to do whatever it costs to make those needs to build our resilience for the future and to enable Australians, wherever they are, across the country to be able to go forward in confidence for their futures."
Twenty-four people have been confirmed dead in the tragedy and the fire threat isn't over yet. The PM has also announced a $2 billion National Bushfire Recovery Agency.
Mr Morrison added: "The $2 billion commitment is in addition, an additional cost, and initial commitment and if further funds are required, further funds will be provided.
"What we are focusing on here is the human cost and the rebuilding cost for people's lives.
"We're focused on the financial cost, where focus on the human costs and ensuring we can do everything we can, as quickly as we can, to support that recovery effort."
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