Veterinarian Soner Büyümez heard a sound earlier this week while working on a rural farm in Turkey that he couldn’t ignore. It sounded helpless, almost like a scream for aid.
According to Büyümez, “I hurried to the place.” “A landslide had taken place. I noticed a dog was buried alive. Only her head was visible above the ground.
The canine was in trouble. But as Büyümez would soon discover, she wasn’t only worried about her own life.
“When I first saw her, it was very upsetting,” Büyümez said.
He knew he had to act.
Quickly fetching a shovel, Büyümez began to dig.
Another sound was heard when Büyümez cleared the dog’s encircling mud. The sound was barely audible yet distinct.
Büyümez remarked, “I heard the howl of pups. “They were below the surface.”
After the first dog was evacuated safely, Büyümez started digging again to save her pups.
All told, Büyümez saved seven puppies who’d been buried alive after their underground burrow caved in — much to the relief of their worried mother.
Thanks to Büyümez’s quick thinking, the furry family was now safe and sound.
Büyümez believes the mother dog was a stray, surviving on her own in that desperate spot. But now, she and her babies will be alone no longer.
“Their general condition is very good. The mother and her puppies protected,” Büyümez said. “I will care for them as my own.”