Tornado victim reunited with dog found under rubble

Nov 29 2013 - 12:54pm

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In this photo provided by the Illinois National Guard is Guardsman Spc. Jacob Montgomery with Dexter at the home of a friend near Peoria, Ill. Montgomery and his 6-month-old puppy were reunited 9 days after a tornado destroyed their apartment on Nov. 17, 2013 in Washington, Ill. An animal rescuing organization used hot dogs to coax the pup out from under a pile of rubble where the apartment used to be. A veterinarian found Dexter to be malnourished, but without any major injuries. (AP Photo/Illinois National Guard)
In this photo provided by the Illinois National Guard is Guardsman Spc. Jacob Montgomery with Dexter at the home of a friend near Peoria, Ill. Montgomery and his 6-month-old puppy were reunited 9 days after a tornado destroyed their apartment on Nov. 17, 2013 in Washington, Ill. An animal rescuing organization used hot dogs to coax the pup out from under a pile of rubble where the apartment used to be. A veterinarian found Dexter to be malnourished, but without any major injuries. (AP Photo/Illinois National Guard)

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 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 says 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.

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.

Montgomery says as soon as the dog saw him "his tail started going."

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