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19th of October 2018

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‘A little bright spot’: Ottawa residents rescue dog trapped beneath rubble | The Star

By The Canadian Press

Sat., Sept. 22, 2018

OTTAWA —A freelance journalist says the rescue of a dog trapped under the rubble was “a little bright spot” amid the chaos in an Ottawa neighbourhood ravaged by a tornado.

Matt Day was in Dunrobin Friday evening, interviewing residents and trying to get a sense of the destruction caused by the twister that ripped through the Ottawa-Gatineau area hours earlier.

A dog named Charlie was rescued after being found under a pile of debris after a tornado touched down in Dunrobin, Ont., on Friday.A dog named Charlie was rescued after being found under a pile of debris after a tornado touched down in Dunrobin, Ont., on Friday.  (Sean Kilpatrick / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

“Looking around, you could see that homes were just completely totalled; I was talking to one family outside of their house and they were telling me their second floor was on their front lawn,” said Day, 30.

He said he heard a commotion across the street as he was speaking to families and found out there was a dog — a beagle named Charlie — trapped underneath a pile of rubble.

“Someone says, ‘We found a dog under the rubble,’ and you think the worst. I was not prepared to go over and see that sight,” he said.

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Day and other members of the media rushed to the scene, some pulling their phones out to illuminate the area, which was being rapidly cast into shadow by the setting sun.

“It was that fine line as a journalist. Do you help, or do you do your job?” he said. “And at that moment, I felt I could do both.”

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A video posted to his Twitter account shows two men, identified by Day as neighbours of dog’s owners, pulling the pet to safety.

After the beagle was freed, Day said he seemed anxious and a little scared but ultimately unharmed.

“He looked really rough, but he was alive … he seemed to be OK,” he said.

“It was a little bright spot in the middle of all the chaos.”

He said the group effort shows the strength of a community sticking together in a dark time.

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