There's new hope in the search for survivors of an avalanche that hit a resort in the Italian town of Farindola last Wednesday.

Rescue workers found three sheepdog puppies alive Monday -- five days after the avalanche in which up to 16 feet of snow cascaded down the mountain.

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Emergency crews found the puppies in the Rigopiano Hotel's boiler room after hearing faint barking.

The search is ongoing for at least 15 people still missing after the disaster, as crews continue to dig by hand, by shovel and even by chainsaw.

Officials say at least 14 people died and another 11 were rescued alive. The first survivors were recently released from a nearby hospital.

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