DETROIT (AP) — Michigan Humane Society workers have rescued 11 puppies in Detroit.

The rescue occurred Wednesday after the city was hit by heavy rain, thunder and lightning.

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Humane Society staffers Chris Ouwerkerk and Pam Dybowski say they feared the puppies might drown if water filled the hole where they were hiding from the weather.

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The agency posted a 33-minute video of the rescue effort that shows Ouwerkerk reaching into the hole and struggling to grab the yelping, mud-caked pups and pulling them out one by one.

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The Humane Society set traps near the home in hopes of catching the mother of the puppies and reuniting her with her litter.