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Kobe Dog Survives 18 Days In Rubble

Mon., Feb. 6, 1995

Eighteen days after the earthquake that knocked down her house, Teruko Kimura heard a barking in the rubble.

“Dick?” she shouted, calling the name of her 6-month-old golden retriever. She heard more barking.

Four hours later, with the help of 34 firefighters and police, the dog was freed. It looked weak but otherwise was in good condition, police said Sunday.

Kimura had been looking for her dressing table Saturday when she heard the barking.

She had lived with two daughters in Kobe. She and daughter Kazumi, 18, were rescued, but daughter Hitomi, 20, was among the 5,250 people killed by the Jan. 17 quake.


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