A Boxer – appropriately named Storm – was apparently swept up in the tornado that hit Limestone County, Ala., Friday morning.
The EF2 twister, with winds up to 125 mph, was just one of several tornadoes that cut across the Midwest last week, destroying entire towns and causing at least 39 deaths.
Storm was in his backyard pen when the tornado struck, according to The North Jefferson News. A neighbor of Suzanna and Devan Stevens, Storm’s pet parents, found the dog in another part of the subdivision. Amazingly, he was unhurt.
Another Limestone County dog is equally lucky to be alive. Coco, a chocolate Lab, was home alone during the tornado. His dog dad, Greg Cook, rushed home from work afterward, fearing he’d not only lost his house but his beloved dog.
Cook’s house was partially destroyed, but he dug through the debris, hoping to find Coco. His perseverance paid off – he saw his dog shivering in a hallway and crawled through a window to reach him.
“It was just such a relief,” Cook told WAFF. “I love my dog, he’s my best friend and I was just so happy to see him.”
Earlier last week, the ASPCA dispatched its disaster response team to Missouri, where 250 to 500 animals are estimated to have been impacted by the storms. The team is providing pet parents with kennels, pet food and other needed supplies donated by PetSmart Charities.
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