Civilians on foot and at midnight: this was the rescue of dogs cornered by lava on La Palma

So far, the identities of the "A Team" who rescued the dogs.

So far, the identities of the “A Team” that rescued the dogs are not known.

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Just when the authorities had been planning for four days to rescue the dogs surrounded by the lava of Cumbre Vieja, in La Palma, they realized that they were late: the “A Team” had already rescued them, even leaving a banner hanging so that drones flying over the area would see it.

While the preparations for the flight with cargo drones that had been devised to rescue the four hounds were being refined -a breed that has an autochthonous variety in these Spanish islands-, one or more people entered that area and took the dogs out without knowing anything about it until this Thursday.

La Palma Force. Dogs are fine. ‘A’ Team“Is the message that someone left written on a canvas placed in the pond where the dogs had been seen days ago, as shown in a video probably uploaded by its authors last night to the YouTube social network.

“At least they have had humor,” replied Jaime Pereira, the CEO of Aerocámaras, the firm that had been preparing the drone operation for three days.

Already 24 hours ago they confessed surprised that they could not find the dogs, neither with thermal cameras, nor citing them with claims that should attract them.

That the animals are fine, remains to be seen, but that the canvas shown in the YouTube video is in the pond where the hounds had taken refuge is something that Pereira confirmed this morning.

“The images of the drones – he explains – prove that it is there. And it has been in the pond for at least two days, only that the wind had thrown it and turned it upside down, that’s why nobody had noticed the “A-Team”, which borrows its name from the famous television series of the 80s starring a group of former soldiers who worked for just causes.

Aerocanarias not only confirms that the message of the alleged rescuers is where the video that runs through social networks Note that it is there, but around there are footprints of people on the ash: irrefutable proof that someone entered there.

Pereira does not know when it happened, but suspects that it was at least two days ago. And, in addition, it does not surprise him: Thermal imaging shows that there are spots of the wash crust at 40-60 degrees, on which someone relatively informed or helped with a handheld thermal camera could walk, although all this seems reckless.

“The important thing is that the dogs have come out of there. It’s what we wanted. Now we just want to see them … and we go“He added.

What is clear to the veterinarians who advise this company and the animal platform “Leales.org” is that the hounds have not left that island alone among the lava. They could have done it, because if a person had walked, they could also cross, weighing less, just over fifteen kilos.

However, they do not make sense of it: in that place the animals had water and received food regularly. They would not have left.

“We have given everything that was in our power. One way or another the dogs are no longer there. Is what we wanted“, Pereira has argued. That and make society aware that if you have an animal, you are responsible for taking care of it, treating it well and not abandoning it.

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