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Dog Injured In Tornado Crawls Back To Family Home

Dog Injured In Tornado Crawls Back To Family Home

For the past month, drenching rain, damaging hail and killer tornadoes have pummeled the central and southern regions of the United States.

Rescue workers and relief volunteers are still sifting through damage in parts of Alabama, Illinois and Missouri, trying to find missing loved ones and pets.

Amidst all this destruction and despair, it’s often hard to find a bright side, but a story recently featured in TIME magazine is almost guaranteed to get your tail wagging.

TIME reports that three weeks after a series of tornadoes blew through Alabama, leveling everything in their path, a family in North Smithfield returned to their damaged home to sift through debris. Miraculously, they found their missing dog Mason waiting for them on the porch.

With both of his front legs broken and his fur matted and dirty, Mason had obviously been through a terrible ordeal. According to MyFox Alabama, the terrier mix was hiding in his garage when the storm picked him up and blew him away. For weeks, his family searched but found no sign of their scrappy pup.

“This is probably the most dramatic we’ve seen as far as an injury in an animal that’s survived this long,” Phil Doster of the Birmingham-Jefferson County Animal Control Shelter told MyFox Alabama. “For an animal just to show up on someone’s porch after this time was pretty remarkable, especially with the condition he’s in.

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Image: Tornado damage in Smithfield, Alabama
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6:54AM PST on Mar 4, 2012

I join Heather S. in cringing to see his poor dog bring allowed to use those broken legs during the filming.

Let's not rush to condemn his family, you don't know what they are going through: they may be staying with people who don't or want to find room for a dog (friends who maybe have their own territorial dog or extremely dog-hating cats or allergies or live in an apartment). If they are obliged to squat with friends week to week, or use emergency shelters it's hard. For those of us lucky enough never to have relied on a shelter - FYI they don't let you keep your pets with you (no matter how hard your kids cry) in consideration for all their human users. They may move from place to place to get temporary work to, you know, pay for food. Just wish all the survivors well, furry and non-.

6:34AM PST on Mar 4, 2012

Sitting here with hot tears welling up in my eyes.
This dog is almost a look-alike of my dog, and imagining this had happened to me and my dog ... no, I don't wanna think about that!

2:32PM PDT on Aug 19, 2011

How cute :) What a brave dog

3:57PM PDT on Jun 6, 2011

Amazing! But what about all the animals that haven't been found?

1:03PM PDT on Jun 5, 2011

I'm disheartened Mason's family abandoned him at this pivotal time. He crawled home on broken legs and deserves much better. I understand the family has experienced a great loss, but Mason experienced much more. I wonder how long he waited on the porch, hungry, for their return. What devotion he had for them. I hope he has a complete recovery and finds a loving, unconditional forever home.

7:18PM PDT on Jun 4, 2011

if they abandon him now in his time of need they dont deserve him or his loyalty dear little scruffy thing im sure he will find joy again :)

11:08AM PDT on Jun 4, 2011

I agree hole heartedly with taking up a donation for his recovery costs. This is a happy tale not like the two companion dogs shown over and over again after the quake in Japan. No one ever did print just exactly what had happened to the dogs. One was injured and laying on the ground and the second companion dog would not leave his side. Both dogs had collars and should have been able to be identified. Hang in there Mason all eye are watching you.

7:20PM PDT on Jun 3, 2011

Wow, Hang in there Mason! What loyalty that he was waiting for his owners two weeks after. This boy deserves love, not abandonment! Please keep me informed. Maybe we can start a chipin for him...

4:20PM PDT on Jun 3, 2011

A lot of you people are right about not being able to give up their animals. And to Dawn W, I've never heard of getting an animal back once you give it up.Maybe in that state it's different but most places I know of will fix the animal and put it up for adoption.

6:33AM PDT on Jun 3, 2011

And people think they are just creatures to use and abuse. All life is sacred and should be treated as such.

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