The storm first hit on September 1, and completely devastated the Bahamas, leaving 60 percent of homes destroyed and tens of thousands in need of urgent disaster relief, according to company officials.
The 1-year-old dog, aptly named "Miracle" by his rescuers, was clinging to life having almost been crushed under broken glass, an air-conditioning unit and layers of debris and surviving more than four weeks with no food or clean water. Search-and-rescue missions had long ago given way to stoic efforts to recover the bodies of the dead.
The team at the Big Dog Ranch Rescue used a drone to detect heat signatures in the debris.
Miracle, who was found on Friday, is believed to have survived by drinking rain water while trapped for about three weeks, according to Simmons. When they saw something, rescuers rushed and uncovered the rubble to find a malnourished dog.
"It's a miracle this little dog had the will to live and to survive in the conditions he was in", Lauree Simmons, president and founding father of Huge Canine Ranch Rescue, stated Monday. Volunteer Sean Irion sat with him for a few minutes, letting him lick dog food out of a can, to gain his trust.
He said: 'Miracle will be up for adoption following recovery, unless his owners claim him.
Simmons's phone rang spherical 9: 30 a.m. that day with a plea for wait on: Her volunteers had chanced on an anemic dogs - barely alive - and wished to cruise him again to Florida straight. Making their way through the destruction - left in the wake of what is now the most intense tropical storm on record to strike the Bahamas - workers found an emaciated pup trapped between broken appliances.
Scott said they're providing the pup with medical and emotional support, and are hoping for a full recovery. The people who rescued the dog have named him Miracle because he survived underneath rubble for about a month.