SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – Amidst the immense grief following a deadly landslide in Washington state, one family has found a glimpse of hope.
Buddy, the McPherson family’s chocolate Labrador retriever, was found buried in the rubble after a landslide swallowed the family farm, according to HLN.
At least 14 people have been found dead and over 100 were still missing this week, including the McPhersons’ sister, Linda. Her siblings Helen and Irene grew up on the farm with her. But, Helen and Irene eventually moved into their own homes. Linda, who they describe as a “country girl,” never left the farm that had been in the family for five generations.
Following the landslide, Linda’s family returned to the property to see if they could salvage any family treasures. After following a whining sound, they found the family dog. He is now safe at a family home.
While they are still mourning their sister, finding Buddy brought a small glimmer of hope. “We needed a win,” Linda’s family told CNN affiliate KING-TV.
Despite saying the day before that first responders would treat the area as an “active rescue,” not a recovery effort, Snohomish County Fire District 21 Chief Travis Hots told CNN on Monday that crews would be scaled back due to the threat of more landslides in the area.
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