Rescuers Pull Dog From Rubble After Earthquake Hits Italy

See the moment firefighters rescue a dog who was buried alive during an earthquake in central Italy.

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Stephanie Brown

Firefighters saved the life of a dog who was buried alive after a 6.6 magnitude earthquake shook Norcia, Italy, which is located in the middle of the country.

They found the dog Monday evening — one day after the quake, which was felt over a wide area, including Rome and Naples and as far as Croatia and Slovenia, The Guardian reports.

Footage shows the dog’s snout and a front paw sticking out of a pile of rubble as the firefighters dig around the animal. Guided by their own sniffer dog, they eventually are able to pull the buried dog to safety.

Once freed, the dog is given some water to drink and comforted by the rescuers. He (or she) is dirty and appears dehydrated, but otherwise unharmed.

So far, there have been no reported fatalities in the aftermath of the quake, although, according to The Guardian, it was even more powerful than the 2009 earthquake that hit L’Aquila, killing more than 300 people, and worse than the August earthquake that killed hundreds in Amatrice.

It’s safe to say the dog is lucky to be alive.

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