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Efforts Underway To Reunite Tornado Victims With Their Pets

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A dog displaced by the May 15 North Texas tornadoes and storms. (credit: Granbury Animal Clinic)

A dog displaced by the May 15 North Texas tornadoes and storms. (credit: Granbury Animal Clinic)

NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Efforts are underway in parts of North Texas to find pets that were lost after this week’s deadly tornadoes. Volunteers and law enforcement officials are working to reunite owners with pets who’ve gone astray.

Robin Jackson works for the Granbury Animal Clinic and says pets that have been lost because of the storms could be in great danger. “With all the rescue efforts that are going on they can be hit be cars, because they’re sacred and they’re running around trying to find their homes and their homes aren’t there,” she said.

As it stands, Jackson said a number of recovered animals were found with varying injuries. “…broken bones. We had one [dog] with a severed tail that was trapped under a pickup.”

So far a dozen dogs from the Ellis County SPCA have been transferred to a SPCA of Texas animal care center in McKinney.

Puppies relocated from the Ellis County SPCA. (credit: SPCA of Texas)

Puppies relocated from the Ellis County SPCA. (credit: SPCA of Texas)

Kennels at the location were near capacity before storms hit on Wednesday night. The dogs weren’t animal victims of the storms but are being moved to make room for animals affected by the storm and have a central location for owners of lost pets to search.

Jackson said for humans losing a home is bad enough, but for storm victims losing a pet can be even worse.  “Pets aren’t pets, they’re family,” she said.

The Granbury Animal Clinic is working with Second Chance Farm in Granbury to rescue lost and injured animals and get them back to their owners. A Facebook page created for the cause has so far been successful.

Workers with the SPCA of Texas are also on standby to transfer animals from Granbury Animal Control if needed. The SPCA of Texas is encouraging people who have been considering adding a pet to their family to adopt and give these shelter animals a loving home.

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