24/01/2017 11:03 AM AEDT | Updated 24/01/2017 12:31 PM AEDT

Three Puppies Have Been Found Alive After Italy Avalanche

Rescue crews continue to dig through the rubble in search of life.

Emergency workers have saved three puppies from the rubble following an avalanche that buried an Italian hotel, giving hope for the 22 people still missing in the disaster.

This comes five days after the avalanche that completely buried Hotel Rigopiano in Central Italy. Emergency workers continue to try find life amongst the debris.

The discovery raises hope for the 22 people still missing after the avalanche, as the survival of the puppies indicates that there's still air pockets inside the building.

Firefighter spokesman Fabio German has said the three puppies showed that conditions under the snow could still support life, the ABC reports.

Nine people including four children have been rescued from the avalanche site so far. Seven people sadly died in the incident, the seventh body was found on Monday buried in the ruins.