Dog called Romeo rescued from rubble 10 days after Italy quake

Romeo, the dog golden retriever pulled alive from the rubble of a collapsed house on Sept 2, 2016.
Romeo, the dog golden retriever pulled alive from the rubble of a collapsed house on Sept 2, 2016.PHOTO: EPA

ROME (Reuters) - A golden retriever called Romeo has been pulled alive from a pile of rubble in central Italy 10 days after towns in the area were levelled by a 6.2-magnitude earthquake.

Video released by the fire department showed firefighters freeing the dog on Friday from the ruins of a building in Amatrice, where 231 perished in the Aug 24 quake.

Despite his ordeal, Romeo ran around wagging his tail, stopping only to be patted and to let a firefighter inspect his paw. A local official told Reuters Romeo was in good health.

Earlier this week a cat called Joy was rescued from the wreckage of another house in Amatrice, six days after the disaster.