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WATCH: How Pet Dogs Helped This Family Survive Ulysses Floods

Here's a lesson on leaving pets unchained during disasters
by Ara Eugenio
Dec 4, 2020
Photo/s: Courtesy of Ma. Lydia "Arly" Torio

Trapped on the roof of their home in Montalban, Rizal at the height of floods due to Typhoon Ulysses (Vamco), the Torio family kept warm by huddling with their pet dogs under a tarpaulin blanket.

The pets' bodies kept the family warm as they waited for the flood to subside that evening of Nov. 11. It would have been a different story of the dogs were chained. Half of the family fled to the roof while the other half, led by 48-year old Ma. Lydie “Arly” Torio evacuated to a neighbor's house.


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“Talagang doon palang na-save na pati yung buhay nila kasi yung init ng katawan ng aso yun po yung isa ring nagpainit ng katawan nila sa magdamag na pag-ulan at paghangin na malakas," Arly Torio said.

The dogs literally saved her family's life at a time when they felt most helpless from the cold and the rising floodwater. 

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