Sadly, there are many who despise a stray dog for its ragged, dirty appearance and possible diseases.
But they ignore or do not want to know that these sweet, seemingly helpless creatures can be true heroes when it comes to saving a life; even more so when a small child depends on them to survive.
Just like the incredible event in Sakhalin, Russia, after a 10-year-old girl managed to save herself thanks to a stray dog hugging her to give her warmth during a snowstorm.
The stray dog cuddled the little girl when temperatures dropped to -11 degrees
The minor identified as Viktoria Zarbina, who is a great animal lover, had decided to go feed street dogs when she returned from her school in Uglegorsk, Sakhalin, the largest island in Russia.
But she didn’t expect that in the middle of her act of love she would be trapped by one of the strongest storms, just 1 km from her house.
The little girl had to spend 18 hours debating between life and death during the coldest night
Dozens of police officers, officials and volunteers carried out a large search effort, without much result.
Her family was desperate without knowing the whereabouts of the minor. The hopes of finding her safe and sound were almost zero, given her terrible storm.
Nobody imagined that she would have her own furry angel who would appear at the right moment to save her from a tragic end.
Viktoria was found almost frozen being hugged by a large fluffy dog who never left her side
The fierce storm caused snowfall of just over 1 meter deep and in some buildings the snow covered up to the first floor.
Although the mongrel dog did not even know Viktoria, he was so clever, kind and loving, that he let her hug him throughout the freezing night, knowing that with his thick fur he could warm her and save her.
Thanks to a call from a neighbor, the search operations were successful, since he reported that he saw a girl playing with stray dogs near a shelter.
When the little girl’s mother, Tatyana, 34, received this information, she immediately knew that it was surely her daughter.
This is how the Police were finally able to arrive at the scene and found a scene that left them stunned and totally moved.
Both Viktoria and the stray mongrel were lying on a mattress, which had been placed for homeless dogs, under a low balcony, to protect themselves from the raging storm.
“She made a detour to feed stray dogs after school and got caught in the storm and strong winds ,” said Olesya Voznyuk, an official at the Investigative Committee.
“She was hiding under a balcony with the dog.”
The mother understood perfectly that something like this happened to Viktoria, since she very often dedicated herself to giving love and food to the homeless dogs in the area.
Vika had left school at 1 pm and was found the next morning at 8:45 am
“She was taken directly to the hospital and it was discovered that she had mild frostbite,” local media reported .
The space under the balcony gave her some shelter, but it still took more than 40 people more than 12 hours to find her since her parents raised the alarm.
Her mother, totally relieved to know that Viktoria had managed to survive, joined her at the hospital, melting into a moving hug that made everyone cry.
Fortunately, the girl was able to be stabilized within a few hours and returned home to her family. Her parents can’t stop thanking the beautiful street hero.
But, they are very sad because in the middle of the operation, as if he knew that his work had finished, the furry man escaped.
Now they are asking the community for help to find him and give him the home he deserves for saving their daughter. We don’t deserve dogs!