A cargo drone company has formulated a plan to save four dogs that are trapped by lava flows from the Cumbre Vieja volcano on La Palma in Spain's Canary Islands.
It is not possible to reach the cut-off property, in the El Paraíso neighbourhood of El Paso, on foot and the use of helicopters has been ruled out due to the risk from the ash and pyroclasts being released by the volcano, which shows no sign of the eruption stopping anytime soon.
The Aerocamaras plan, to use a cargo drone together with another support drone, is awaiting approval from the authorities to rescue the podencos.
The condition of the dogs is being monitored by animal welfare association UPA on La Palma. Two local companies, Volcanic Life and Ticom Soluciones SL, have been feeding the animals using drones for several days and with the endorsement of the Cabildo de La Palma.
The animal welfare group, Leales.org, points out that two of the dogs can leave and enter the pound, which allows them to shelter from the heat and cold, but the other two, in a smaller pound, are in the sun and without the possibility of shelter from the cold at night.
Aerocamaras has assured that it complies with all air regulations and they will "avoid unnecessary risks as well as always putting everyone's safety first."