A golden retriever called Romeo was pulled out from the rubble of Italy's earthquake on September 2, more than nine days after he was given up for dead.

Footage filmed by the firemen who saved him shows the shaggy dog being lifted out from under a pile of masonry that is all that remains of his owners' house. Appearing completely relaxed, Romeo slurps his first drops of water in more than 230 hours from a bottle held by one of the firemen.

He then tiptoes gracefully down the pile of rubble to be reunited with tearful owners who had given up hope of finding him alive.

"He's in great shape," says one of the firemen as others whoop in delight while Romeo trots around what remains of his yard.

Romeo's owners were sleeping on the second floor of their house in the tiny village of San Lorenzo a Flaviano when the earthquake struck before dawn on August 24.

They managed to get out, but Romeo, who was sleeping on the first floor, was trapped inside. After searching for him for hours, they were eventually evacuated from the devastated village for their own safety.

All hope of finding Romeo alive appeared to have disappeared until Friday evening, when the couple returned to their home in the company of a group of firemen assigned to help them recover key belongings from the rubble.

Almost as soon as they came into the tiny medieval village, Romeo heard their voices and began barking.

"We immediately began moving masonry from where the barking was coming from and incredibly we got to him and he was in pretty good condition," one of the firemen told the ANSA news agency.

"Luckily some beams had fallen in a way that they were holding up the weight of everything above them leaving Romeo with a little niche that he was able to survive in."

No human survivors of the quake have been found since the evening of the 24th, when four-year-old Giorgia was pulled out alive after being located by another canine hero of the disaster, Leo.

A labrador who works as a police sniffer dog, Leo was this week a guest of honour at a bilateral summit between Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Rescuers with a sniffer dog after Italy's quake / Source: Reuters

The toll from the deadly quake now stands at 294 dead, but the final death count may yet top 300 with a handful of people unaccounted for and some hospitalised victims in a critical condition.

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

(With inputs from AFP)