A spirited dog who was pinned under the tree that killed his owner and her best friend for 12 hours has been pulled out alive.
Max suffered lacerations in his mouth, a broken jaw and head injuries and was discovered next to the dead bodies of Jessie Streich-Kest, 24, and Jacob Vogelman, 23, who walked him in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, New York, believing the worst of Superstorm Sandy had passed.
They were crushed at around 8pm on Monday evening but in the chaos their bodies were not found until 7.55am on Tuesday.
Max was adopted by Jessie, a special needs teacher, from the ASPCA.
When the crushed pit-bull was found, he was taken to Verg South, a veterinary hospital in Brooklyn, who treated his injuries and will look after him until he is fit enough to back and live with Miss Streich-Kest's bereft family.
Max is one of at least 100 pets who were rescued in New York during Superstorm Sandy, but many more may be stranded, lost or dead.
Verg South hospital has used generators to operate 24 hours a day, treating animals with ailments like broken bones, brain swellings, stress and vomiting caused by the violence and toxicity of the flood waters.
Mr Levitzke said: 'He (Max) was mentally very dull because of head trauma' and that he will probably need surgery in the coming days.
'Jessie was a wonderful, amazing human being and they were a perfect match, so I am happy he is surviving,' family friend Barbara Gross said, adding about Max. 'They were inseparable.'
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