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Golden retriever emerges from rubble nine days after Italy earthquake

Published 03/09/2016 | 13:46

A firefighter pets Romeo, the golden retriever that was rescued from a pile of quake rubble (AP)
A firefighter pets Romeo, the golden retriever that was rescued from a pile of quake rubble (AP)

Firefighters have rescued a golden retriever from a pile of quake rubble after they heard the dog barking, nine days after the tremor struck central Italy.

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The dog, called Romeo, appeared to be bewildered at first as it scampered down the mound of broken concrete and other debris, but quickly took a few steps, wagged its tail and sniffed its surroundings.

Firefighters said rescuers heard the dog bark as they were accompanying the pet's owners to retrieve essential belongings from their quake-damaged home.

The August 24 quake claimed nearly 300 lives, injured hundreds and left thousands of people either without homes or with homes unsafe to immediately inhabit.

It flattened three towns - Amatrice, Accumoli and Arquata del Tronto - in mountainous central Italy.

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