Dogs rescued from rising floodwaters in Sydney

The owners had earlier left with several dogs when told to evacuate but had to call on New South Wales State Emergency Service (SES) to help with moving the remainder of the canines.

The dogs, Belgian Malinois and German Shepherds, were placed into animal carriers and then onto inflatable boats before being ferried over floodwater to safety.

"As long as all the animals and our staff are all okay, that's really all we care about and everything else is replaceable," dog owner, breeder and trainer Sharon told Reuters.

Unrelenting rains over the past three days swelled rivers in Australia's most populous state of New South Wales (NSW), causing widespread damage and triggering calls for mass evacuations.

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