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Dog Finds his Way Home with 2 Broken Legs after being Blown Away by Alabama Tornado

May 27, 2011 by Brett Wilkins in Animal Kingdom with 1 Comment

Mason the mutt is one tough dog. On April 27 he was hiding in his family’s garage in North Smithfield, Alabama when a powerful tornado tore through his hiding spot and swept him up, up and away. The furious storm destroyed his home, and when the dust settled, Mason was nowhere to be found. His family feared the worst.

But when they returned to the debris-strewn lot where their badly damaged home sits, they found Mason waiting for them on their front porch. His two front legs were broken, but he was alive. He must have gone through hell crawling home like that.

“He’s got two broken legs and they’re both distal radial unal fractures,” Dr. Barbara Benhart told WBRC in Birmingham. “They’ve not been able to be in alignment so neither one of them have healed so he had to crawl on two broken legs to get home.”

“This is probably the most dramatic we’ve seen as far as an injury in an animal that survived this long,” Phil Doster of the Birmingham Jefferson County Animal Control shelter told WBRC. “For an animal to go through what he’s gone through and not be ugly, to be happy for any companionship is remarkable. We’re honored to be a part of his recovery.”

And recover he will. According to Yahoo! News, he had surgery on May 20 to attach metal plates to his bones so they can heal. He’s expected to be walking normally again in a month and half. But while his family, who didn’t want to be identified, picks up the pieces– literally– of their twister-tossed lives, Mason will remain in the shelter. He’s expected to return home one his family’s house is in livable condition again.

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  1. joy BackstrumMay 27, 2011 at 10:54 pmReply

    can’t believe the owners did n’t take him back??? whaaat??

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