Residents search through debris following the likely tornado touch down in Gifford, Illinois.

Residents search through debris following tornado touch down in Gifford, Illinois. Photo: AP

Washington, Illinois: A dog and his owner have been reunited after the animal was found under a pile of rubble more than a week after a tornado ripped through a central Illinois city.

Jacob Montgomery of Washington and his dog Dexter were separated when the November 17 tornado damaged Montgomery's third floor apartment.

Montgomery is a member of the Illinois National Guard.

An active tornado is seen through a window as it touches down in Washington, Illinois, in this still image captured from a video courtesy of Anthony Khoury.

A tornado is seen through a window as it touches down in Washington, Illinois, where the canine survivor was found some nine days after in the town's rubble. Photo: Reuters/Anthony Khoury

A guard spokesman says a neighbour sent Montgomery a Facebook message nine days later to tell him Dexter had been found under debris where the apartment used to be.

An animal rescuing organisation had coaxed the six-month-old puppy out of the rubble with hot dogs.

A veterinarian found Dexter to be malnourished, but without any major injuries.

Montgomery says as soon as the dog saw him "his tail started going."

AP