This heartbreaking video shows the moment a mother dog rescued one of her litter of puppies as they called for help from a flooded hole under a military building in Israel.

In a post shared with the original video the Animal Village, the shelter which is now caring for the animals, said that five of the 12 puppies drowned. Those which made it out alive were said to be "barely surviving".

The puppies can be heard issuing heart-rending cries as they struggle in the water on the Israeli military base. The hole beneath the building, which filled with water as the result of flooding, was too narrow for any human to help out in the pups' rescue leaving the mother to cope as best she could.

The Animal Village has called for donations and adoptions following the tragic incident. It said dogs and other animals were enduring terrible conditions the result of inclement weather in the region.