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White balloons are released during a funeral service for victims of the earthquake that levelled the town in Amatrice, central Italy, August 30, 2016. REUTERS/Emiliano Grillotti

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ROME (Reuters) - A golden retriever called Romeo has been pulled alive from a pile of rubble in central Italy 10 days after towns in the area were levelled by a 6.2 magnitude earthquake.

Video released by the fire department showed firefighters freeing the dog on Friday from the ruins of a building in Amatrice, where 231 perished in the Aug. 24 quake.

Despite his ordeal, Romeo ran around wagging his tail, stopping only to be patted and to let a firefighter inspect his paw. A local official told Reuters Romeo was in good health.

Earlier this week a cat called Joy was rescued from the wreckage of another house in Amatrice, six days after the disaster.

(Reporting by Isla Binnie; Editing by Gareth Jones)

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