Dog missing for 9 days in tornado rubble reunited with owner, an Illinois National Guard member

Dexter malnourished, but otherwise OK

WASHINGTON, Ill. - A dog and his owner have been reunited after the animal was found under a pile of rubble more than a week after a tornado ripped through a central Illinois city.

Jacob Montgomery, of Washington, Ill., and his dog Dexter were separated when the Nov. 17 tornado damaged Montgomery's third floor apartment.

Montgomery is a member of the Illinois National Guard.

A guard spokesman said a neighbor sent Montgomery a Facebook message nine days later to tell him Dexter had been found under debris where the apartment used to be.

"As soon as (I) heard, I went straight there," Montgomery said in an Illinois National Guard news release. "As soon as Dexter saw me, his tail started going."

An animal rescuing organization had coaxed the 6-month-old puppy out of the rubble with hot dogs.

A veterinarian found Dexter to be malnourished, but without any major injuries.

"I am lucky. All I had in my apartment is gone, but my dog was all I really had to worry about," Montgomery said.
 

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