Dog rescued from rubble of collapsed apartment block six days after Mexico City earthquake

Mythili Sampathkumar
A schnauzer dog who survived the quake is pulled out of the rubble from a flattened building by rescuers in Mexico City 24 September: ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images

Rescuers have pulled a dog from the rubble six days after the deadly Mexico City earthquake.

A Japanese team working on a collapsed building in the southern part of the densely populated capital city found a small dog alive at the disaster site.

Cradling and petting the scared, small white dog, team members continued to work to see if they could find other survivors.

The dog appeared to be doing well after being checked by Red Cross paramedics at the site, as rescuers hoped the pet would be reunited with its owners soon.

At least 320 people have died in the 7.2 magnitude 19 September earthquake, Mexico's deadliest one since a 1985 quake killed nearly 10,000 people.

Aftershocks followed in the south-western part of the country as recently as the weekend. Mexico's National Seismological Service director Xyoli Perez Campos warned that thousands have been recorded and warned that there will likely be more quakes to come, but how strong they will be remains to be seen.

Thousands of buildings were damaged in the city of 20 million people and survivors have taken to sleeping in the streets as estimates put damage to the city at around $8bn (£5.94bn).

Search and rescue teams are concentrating on a handful of structures and using audio equipment to detect any survivors.

Thus far only 103 of the 4000 public schools in the city have been reopened in order not to hinder search and rescue efforts and review the buildings' possible infrastructure damage.

The dog survivor found in the collapsed apartment building is not the only canine hero in Mexico City.

Frida, a Mexican Navy rescue dog, has received praise from several people including President Enrique Pena Nieto.

She has reportedly saved more than 50 people from collapsed structures since the latest quake hit.

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