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Furry Friends Helping To Ease The Pain Of Bushfire Victims

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.

Ron and Perle Lawrence with their dog Pip at the Bega Evacuation Centre. Image: Tegan George, Twitter
An unidentified woman with her pooch after being evacuated from their home on NSW's south coast. Image: Tegan George, Twitter

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Jimmy and his 'dad' left Bermagui for the evacuation centre in Bega. Image: Tegan George, Twitter
Hobo, a little pup being watched over by her 'mum' at the Bega Showgrounds. Image: Tegan George, Twitter

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