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A Dog Was Rescued From The Rubble 9 Days After The Italian Earthquake

The pup had no food or water the entire time he was trapped in the ruins of his family's home.

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On Friday, though, firefighters made a heatwarming discovery when they returned to the ruins of a home in the hardest-hit town of Amatrice: A family's dog was still alive under the rubble.

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Romeo began barking and wailing when he heard his owners' voices, ANSA reported, as firefighters rushed to clear him from the rubble. He had spent the nine days since the quake trapped in a small pocket inside the ruins without food or water.

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