Illinois National Guard via AP
Illinois National Guardsman Spc. Jacob Montgomery with his dog Dexter, who was found nine days after a tornado destroyed Montgomery's apartment.
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 his 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."
— The Associated Press
First published November 29 2013, 7:00 AM