Firefighters heard a faint meowing sound coming from the rubble in Amatrice, a beauty spot and popular holiday destination which was particularly affected by the quake.
After spending time sifting through the rubble, they eventually uncovered the cat’s head and then, thanks to a team effort, successfully freed his trapped body. It is believed he survived by drinking rainwater.
The Associated Press reports that Pietro was taken to a veterinarian in the city of Rieti diagnosed with dehydration and suffering from a fractured jaw.
Just one day before, another cat was rescued from rubble in the Italian town of Accumuli – 14 days after the disaster struck.