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.