Amazing stories of survival from the April 27th tornadoes don't just include people. There are some amazing 4-legged tales of endurance being told including the story of one dog who just returned home yesterday. He is clearly battered, but alive.
Mason, a terrier mix, now rests inside the Vulcan Park Animal Care Clinic where he's waiting to find out what kind of surgery he will need to repair 2 badly broken legs. This is only the 2nd night he's spent under any kind of roof in the last 2 weeks and the story of how he got there is almost too amazing to believe.
On April 27th, Mason was hiding in his garage in North Smithfield when the storm picked him up and blew him away. His owners couldn't find him and had about given up when they came back Monday to sift through the debris, and found Mason waiting for them on the porch.
"He's got 2 broken legs and they're distal radial ulnal fractures, they've not been able to be in alignment so neither one of them have healed so he had to crawl on 2 broken legs to get home," said Dr. Barbara Benhart, staff veterinarian at the Birmingham-Jefferson Co. Animal Control Shelter.
"This is probably the most dramatic we've seen as far as an injury in an animal that's survived this long," said Phil Doster, also with the shelter. "It's kind of tapering off, the amount of animals we're seeing because of the storm. For an animal just to show up on someone's porch after this time was pretty remarkable, especially with the condition he's in."
Mason's owners asked the shelter to take him because they're not able to care for him while they try and piece their lives back together, and now Mason's amazing tale gets better with the help of a donation from the Vulcan Park Animal Care Clinic.
"He called and asked if there was anything he could do, last week, and this dog appeared today and so I called him, and never a hesitation, he offered 'bring it on over and he'll see what he can do," said Dr. Benhart.
Now with a little luck and a lot of love, Mason may become a mascot for storm survivors on four and 2 legs.
"For an animal to go through what he's gone through and not to be ugly, to be happy for any companionship is remarkable, we're honored to be part of his recovery," said Doster.
Mason was evaluated this afternoon but no course of treatment has been set yet. The hope is that after he recovers, he can return to his original family. If not, the shelter says they will find a home for Mason to start his new life with new mobility.
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