As Australia faces widespread destruction caused by out-of-control fires, beloved pets of those suffering are providing much-needed comfort.
With Premier Gladys Berejiklian calling a state of emergency in New South Wales on Friday, and total fire bans in place nationwide, residents affected by the bushfire crisis are finding slight solace from their canine companions.
Located on the NSW south coast, Bega Valley Shire and its smaller towns like Bermagui have been severely affected by the bushfires raging across the state, with many inhabitants being evacuated to a venue in the town's centre.
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Yet despite the extreme fire conditions, a number of locals are managing to smile amid the trauma and confusion, thanks to having their pups by their side.
10 News First's Tegan George is reporting live from Bermagui and has captured a heartwarming photo gallery of residents and their pets.
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