Dog stuck on rooftop in Marikina; owner seeks rescue | Inquirer News

Dog stuck on rooftop in Marikina; owner seeks rescue

By: - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ
/ 02:34 PM November 12, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — A dog is trapped on a rooftop on Thursday as floodwater submerged houses in Nangka, Marikina City following heavy rains brought about by Typhoon Ulysses.

In a photo shared by Katleen Bascos on Facebook, a labrador dog named Bruno could be seen stuck on a rooftop as floodwater surrounded him.


“Kawawa naman si Bruno baka naman po sana mabalikan. Nasa bubong pa po siya ng bahay ng tita ko. Priority daw po kasi tao kaya naiwan pa siya,” she wrote.


(Maybe the dog can be rescued. He is still on the rooftop of the house. People were prioritized in the rescue so the dog was left behind.)

In a phone interview with, dog owner Winona Sta. Maria said their dog Bruno was left behind when they were rescued because people were prioritized.

They live at #8 Bayabas Street, Nangka, Marikina City.

As of writing time, the dog is still on the rooftop, waiting to be rescued.

Sta. Maria said that when the waters started to rise, she, her mom, and her sister were the first ones to be rescued by authorities.

She said authorities were first reluctant to rescue the dog as they are prioritizing people. This forced Sta. Maria’s dad to be left behind so that he could accompany their dog.


It was after seven hours before authorities came back to rescue Sta. Maria’s father. The dog, however, was left behind.

“Nasaktan kami, inaway namin rescue team kasi ayaw ipasama ‘yung aso. Sabi sa ‘min babalikan ‘yung aso. After 7 hours, ang tagal na hindi sila nabalikan. Tatay ko lang ‘yung nasalba,” she said.

“Pumipiglas po kasi ‘yung aso. Ayaw tumalon. Siyempre, I know nasstress na rin siya. Natatakot kami baka magkahypothermia, kanina pa siya nandoon,” Sta. Maria added.

With her voice slightly breaking, Sta. Maria lamented how they thought they would never again see the light of day because of what happened to them during this crisis.

She said they were not able to save most of their things aside from their to-go bags.

She recounted how some of the rescue teams passed them by as they were prioritizing children and senior citizens.

“Grabe po alaga dito. First time namin maranasan ito. Ginawa namin ‘yung best namin na iakyat ‘yung gamit,” she said.

“Akala namin hindi kami makukuha kasi pinaprioritize mga bata at senior citizen. During those times nagdasal na lang kami, akala namin imposible na makasurvive. Walang wala po kasi kami, wala kaming nadala,” she added.

She added that she felt sad for her dog, as well to other dogs in their neighborhood who were left behind, some of which are even left tied to posts.

“Hopeful pa kami na makuha ‘yung dog namin at the same time bumababa ‘yung tubig,” Sta Maria said.

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She is calling for authorities for the rescue of her dog. She said her dad is willing to go back to their house, along with rescuers, to fetch the dog.


TAGS: Dog, Marikina, stuck, Trapped, Ulysses

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