Dog found cowering on a rock after Greek fires is reunited with owners

Pet dog found cowering on a rock in the sea after fleeing the Greek wildfires is reunited with her adoring owners after image went viral

  • Lua the dog escaped a burning resort in Mati and fled the flames into the sea
  • She clung to a rock off the coast for hours until she was rescued after the fire
  • Animal lovers tracked down her owners after seeing a photo of her on the rock
  • Former stray dog was reunited with them and travelled back home to Athens

A dog photographed desperately clinging to a rock in the sea off Mati after escaping the Greek wildfires has been reunited with her owners.

She became a symbol of the disaster that killed at least 82 people and injured more than 170 as it swept through the country this week.

Animal lovers and rescue organisations were moved to find the dog’s owners and on Friday she was reunited with them after they feared she was dead.

A dog photographed desperately clinging to a rock in the sea off Mati after escaping the Greek wildfires has been reunited with her owners

The StreetDogs in Volos-Greece group, which looks after stray dogs, confirmed the dog was called Lua and that she was safely back with her owners.

‘She has been found by her people! Her name is Lua! They didn’t let her die. They adore her! They didn’t know what to do in the chaos,’ it said.

A friend of the family told local media Lua ran off after becoming frightened during the fire and wriggled out of her collar and lead.

The terrified pup ran towards the sea where she swam out to the rock to see out the fire from a safe distance as the resort almost burned to the ground.

Lua, a former stray now beloved family pet, was plucked from her refuge by rescuers and animal lovers tracked down her owners on social media


She fled a burning resort in Mati, the area worst affected by the disaster that killed at least 82 people and injured more than 170 (Mati before and after pictured)

That was where she was spotted by the photographer who took the image that made her famous all around the world.

Lua’s owners had been looking her for hours, before learning from social media that she had survived the fire lying on the rock at Kokkino Limanaki beach.

They were reunited with their pet and together they boarded a boat evacuating people stranded by the wildfire to the nearby port of Rafina.

The family has since returned to their home in Athens. Lua was originally a stray dog but was taken in by the family who have a summer house in Mati.

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