Romeo, a Golden Retriever, was rescued by firefighters thanks to his barking, which alerted them to his presence while they were accompanying his humans to their quake-damaged home.

ROME — Firefighters have rescued a Golden Retriever from a pile of quake rubble after they heard the dog barking, nine days after the temblor struck central Italy.

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

Romeo with a firefighting rescuer (Photo: EPA)
Romeo with a firefighting rescuer (Photo: EPA)


Firefighters told The Associated Press rescuers heard Romeo bark as they were accompanying the pet’s owners to retrieve essential belongings from their quake-damaged home.

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

As reported by Ynetnews