"We realized the dog was alive after checking the debris. The area was very small. He was trapped under the rubble. There was a small hole where only the dog's nose could fit. I dug there with a chisel. We cut the iron by opening it with my hands. Somehow, I got to the dog out," HAYTAP volunteer Osman Polat, who pulled Aleks out of the rubble, told Anadolu.
Polat said that they were happy to be able to pull the dog out of the rubble alive on the 22nd day after the quakes.
"Surviving 22 days in that hole without eating or drinking anything is really a miracle," he said, adding that even though Aleks had lost some weight, his general state of health was still good.
More than 45,000 people have died in the magnitude 7.7 and 7.6 earthquakes, which centered in Kahramanmaras and struck 10 other provinces as well on Feb. 6 – Hatay, Gaziantep, Adiyaman, Malatya, Adana, Diyarbakir, Kilis, Osmaniye, Sanliurfa, and Elazig.