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Thu Nov 21, 2013, 09:16 AM

Maggie rescued from tornado's rubble



Jon Byler Dann and his family were in their basement when Sunday's tornado destroyed their house.

Before the storm, as debris started to hit his house, Byler Dann had tried to coax the family dog, Maggie, into the safe room. The skittish animal refused to leave her kennel. After the storm passed, Byler Dann emerged from the basement to find that his home of five years had been destroyed above him. Maggie was missing and Byler Dann assumed his beloved pet was dead.

Nearly 30 hours later, while searching through all that was left of 1322 Coventry Drive, family friends heard a faint bark coming from beneath where they were standing.

They immediately started digging and discovered Maggie buried beneath the rubble, wrapped in a piece of carpeting.

Byler Dann burst into tears. Maggie was shivering, filthy and in obvious pain. But she was alive.


Maggie is now recovering from a dislocated hip at the veterinary office where donations have been coming in from all over the country to help cover the expenses. So many have now been received that the office has been able to set up a fund to help other animals injured by the storm. As the doctor said, "It really says a lot about the generosity of people, and our country."

Full story with lots of pictures here: http://www.weather.com/news/man-finds-missing-dog-illinois-tornado-rubble-20131118

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Thu Nov 21, 2013, 11:40 AM

1. Wonderful. Second good pet

story I've heard - my friend's cousin lives in Pekin. Their Lab went missing during the tornado but they found her wandering around unhurt the next day

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Thu Nov 21, 2013, 04:46 PM

2. Beautiful little Sheltie

Precious baby. When this was on the news I told my husband "Now you know why I put a leash on Layla and got her into the closet when we had the big tornado outbreak in Kentucky a couple of years ago".

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