Tammy Decker, whose home in Vilonia was destroyed by Sunday’s tornado, has been reunited with one of her pets.
Sadly, two others, a 10-year-old Shih Tzu and a Great Pyrenees, were found dead after the storm.
Decker found her young dog Avery, a boxer and Italian greyhound mix, at Vilonia Animal Clinic.
She said a rescue organization found Avery buried under debris about 24 hours after the storm.
“A rescue came and dug him out, it took them 45 minutes,” she said.
Avery required surgery and has a broken leg and chest puncture wound, but Thursday he was happily playing with his favorite toy, a stuffed elephant.
Decker said he rips his other stuffed animals apart, but the elephant he keeps intact as a sleeping buddy.
Avery is still a patient at Vilonia Animal Clinic, and Decker was visiting Avery in one of the bigger exam rooms at the clinic.
Vilonia Animal Clinic has been seeing patients that are claimed and unclaimed free of charge since the tornado leveled a large part of Vilonia and parts of Mayflower.
“I came by here just to check. A little while later, they called me,” said Decker. “How he survived, I don’t know.”
A Facebook group called “Pets Lost & Found from Arkansas Tornado (April 27, 2014) has been established as a place to post lost and found animals, as was the Facebook page www.facebook.com/April272014TornadoLostandFoundPets.
Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office is working with Faulkner County S.P.C.A. in rescue efforts, and the Humane Society of Faulkner County has also been finding and rescuing unclaimed animals along with a host of other regional groups.