Dog named Romeo rescued from rubble 9 days after Italian earthquake

AMATRICE, Italy, Sept. 3 (UPI) — A couple was reunited with their dog who sat buried in rubble nine days after their house was demolished in the earthquake that leveled parts of central Italy.

Romeo, a golden retriever, survived for over a week in a pocket under the rubble of his former home, which was leveled in the 6.2 magnitude quake that rocked the region and claimed the lives of close to 300 people.

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Video from members of the Vigili del Fuoco — Italy’s fire and rescue agency — shows rescuers clearing away beams and rock before reaching Romeo, whose faint barking led to his discovery.

“Luckily some beams had fallen in a way that they were holding up the weight of everything above them leaving Romeo with a little niche that he was able to survive in,” a fireman told the ANSA news agency.

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