FARINDOLA: Emergency workers rescued three puppies from the hotel destroyed by an avalanche central Italy, bringing joy to search and rescue teams who have been working around the clock.
Rescuers working through the night pulled three more bodies from the rubble, bringing the death toll to 12, the national fire brigade said on Tuesday.
Eleven people so far have been rescued from in and around the hotel in the Gran Sasso national park, some of them surviving for two days under ice and rubble.
Italy quake: up to 30 feared dead in avalanche-hit hotel
But 17 people are still missing after a wall of snow crashed into the four-storey building last Wednesday, hours after earthquakes shook the region.
The three latest victims found were men but they still have not been identified, officials said. The first funerals are due to be held later on Tuesday. Prosecutors in nearby Pescara have opened an investigation into the avalanche.
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