Dog thought killed by tornado rescued after 30 hours buried under rubble

By Scott Kaufman
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 17:50 EDT
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A survivor of the devastating tornadoes that struck the Midwest and Ohio Valley earlier this week was reunited with his beloved dog, who had been buried beneath the rubble of his house for nearly 30 hours.

In the moments before a tornado struck his Washington, Illinois home, Jonathan Byler Dann and his four children attempted to coax their dog Maggie out her kennel and into the basement with them. She refused to leave, and after his house was destroyed, Byler Dann assumed Maggie was dead.

But 30 hours later, as family and friends sifted through the rubble of his former home, they heard a faint barking. Beneath the debris, wrapped in a roll of carpet, was Maggie. Byler Dann reportedly burst into tears.

Maggie was suffering from exposure and in great pain, but she was alive. She is being treated for a dislocated hip at the Teegarden Veterinary Clinic.

Her medical bills, which will eventually total over $1,000, have been paid for by donations, but the clinic is working with the American Veterinary Medical Foundation to solicit more funds to treat other animals injured in the storm.

[Image via Jonathan Byler Dann on Facebook]

Scott Kaufman
Scott Kaufman
Scott Eric Kaufman is the proprietor of the AV Club's Internet Film School and, in addition to Raw Story, also writes for Lawyers, Guns & Money. He earned a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of California, Irvine in 2008.
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