Despite the lockdown raised in areas inside the Taal Volcano danger zone, police making sure no one enters Lemery town, Batangas, made an exception Saturday for rescuers searching the town for animals that were left behind.
Rescuers returned at least 3 dogs to their owners who had evacuated to nearby towns.
The dogs had been home alone for 5 days, since the window hours allowing residents to return for a portion of the lockdown was rescinded.
Pet owners such as Janel Pabunan waited for the return of her dog, Boogie, outside the checkpoint line at the bridge bordering Taal and Lemery.
Police have been barring residents from entering Lemery since the lockdown was put in place.
The other rescued dogs were loaded onto tricycles.
Pabunan, who owns 5 dogs, thought she could visit and feed Boogie when the lockdown was temporarily lifted.
"Siya muna iniwan ko kasi hindi siya sanay sa tao. Dahil nawa-war freak siya. Nade-depress ako kasi nag-aalala ako sa kaniya kasi hindi ko napapakain," Pabunan said.
She sent a call-out on Facebook seeking help to retrieve the dog, which was left in the backyard.
When someone replied, she gave her number and asked to be called when Boogie had safely been fetched.
Pabunan wrapped the dog in a t-shirt when she got it back.
"Parang na-aftershock," she described Boogie.
"Kahol siya nang kahol, hindi naman s'ya ganu'n. Pati nag-rescue sa kaniya nakagat kasi nga hindi siguro kilala. Pero OK na siya noong naamoy na kamay ko. OK na siya, di na siya galit."