Not just people: Dog trapped in Marawi rescued

Ron Gagalac, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 05 2017 03:59 PM | Updated as of Jul 05 2017 06:39 PM

A dog named "Bruno" was rescued from the conflict area in Marawi a few days ago. The dog was almost lifeless after losing more than half of its weight. Ron Gagalac, ABS-CBN News

In the battle for Marawi, people are not the only victims of war.

One dog rescued inside the war zone has shown signs of extreme trauma due to bombings and explosions.

The dog, named "Bruno" by its owners, was almost lifeless when it was brought to the emergency medical station a few days ago.

Officials said Bruno's leash was still on but was already very loose, indicating that the dog had lost more than half of its original weight. 

The dog is now reportedly recovering from extreme dehydration and starvation. 

Bruno is not the only animal affected by the fighting. Many dogs and cats are still fighting for survival in Marawi City due to hunger. 

This prompted the Animal Kingdom Foundation Inc. and Humane Society International to bring in donations on Wednesday for stray cats and dogs affected by the conflict.

"Parang tao din yan. Natatakot, naii-stress, nagugutom. Wala silang mapuntahan, unlike tao they know what to do," lawyer Heidi Marquez-Caguiao, program director for Animal Kingdom Foundation Inc., said. 

"Ang mga hayop helpless. They rely on people para tulungan sila. Ang level ng stress nila kasing tindi ng stress ng tao," she added.

The groups brought to Iligan 45 bags of dog and cat food which will be turned over to the military for distribution to fighting units inside the conflict zone.

Caguiao hopes that soldiers would feed stray animals whenever there is an opportunity.

"Sa ngayon dadalhin itong mga dog food sa safe post at doon magpapakain military sa mga aso," Caguiao said.

Over 200,000 people have fled Marawi City since clashes began on May 23 between ISIS-inspired rebels and government forces. 

More than 400 people have been killed in ongoing clashes, including 337 terrorists, 85 government forces, and 39 civilians.