On August 24, a 6.2-magnitude earthquake devastated central Italy, killing nearly 300 people and destroying towns. More than a week later, the incredible rescue of a golden retriever provides a glimmer of hope in the midst of tragedy.
The dog, named Romeo, was trapped beneath rubble on the first floor of his family's home in the village of San Lorenzo a Flaviano. His owners reportedly searched for him for hours, but they were soon forced to evacuate. They returned on Friday to hear him barking and discovered that he had survived there for nine days.
A fireman involved in Romeo's rescue told the ANSA news agency that the dog "was in pretty good condition," adding, "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."
Video of the rescue shows firemen helping Romeo down the pile of rubble. He shakes himself off and receives more than a few well-deserved pets. We're sure his family is grateful to still have him.
Romeo isn't the only dog who's made news in relation to the recent earthquake. A black labrador named Leo and a German shepherd named Sarotti helped rescuers find two young girls who were then pulled alive from the rubble.
See the moment Romeo was rescued in the video below:
(H/T: New York Post)