>> Found in the hotel boiler room. As rescue workers continue to search the debris left when an avalanche hit an Italian hotel last Wednesday. Italian firemen pulling three Abruzzo sheepdog puppies from the rubble. For people here, it's a sign of hope that there may still be survivors in air pockets underneath the tons of snow.
With seven people already confirmed dead, help is now working around the clock to find survivors. 22 people are still missing. Authorities have been accused to acting too slow, after a series of earthquakes shook central Italy, triggering the avalanche. Local media reporting early emergency calls weren't taken seriously and rescuers were dispatched hours too late and then had to battle poor road conditions.
The first rescue team arrived by ski 11 hours after the avalanche hit. A court in nearby Pescara has opened up an investigation as Italy's government promises to review its emergency response.