Pope Francis meets hero rescue dog who saved girl after Italy quake

A rescue dog who saved a girl from the rubble in the aftermath of the Italian earthquake has received a special audience with the Pope, the Daily Mail reports.

Pope Francis met Leo the black Labrador at the Vatican, along with his police handlers and other volunteers who helped rescue survivors.

He bent down to pet the hero dog, who rescued a four-year-old girl called Giorgia in the town of Pescara del Tronto, central Italy.

During the meeting, Leo even put out his paw, allowing the Pope to shake it.

The Pope also took time to speak to police officers Matteo Palladinetti and  Liborio Desimone, who gave him a police cap as a gift.

Giorgia was one of the last  people to be pulled alive from the rubble following the earthquake.

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