When a tornado ripped through Davie County in North Carolina three weeks ago, a senior dog named Duke was in the storm's path.
Duke, a 12-year-old Australian Shepherd, is finally home with his owner, Lewis Vannoy, after a scary experience he miraculously survived.
According to Vannoy, a powerful tornado tore through his property and lifted the dog into the air. The swirling mass of wind and debris carried the dog across the road before spitting him out in a pasture 1,000 feet away.
When Vannoy got to him, the dog was obviously injured and crying. A veterinary examination found that Duke's leg was broken in multiple places and his retina had been damaged.
The senior dog needed multiple surgeries and was treated to an extended stay at the vet's office to help him heal. Thankfully, Duke is expected to make a full recovery. It will take time for his leg to heal and the trauma of the incident to fade, but Vannoy is happy that after all the storm's devastation, he still has his dog by his side.
Vannoy said in an interview with News Channel 3;
"Thirty-five years to build it, 35 seconds to destroy it. Home, barns, garage, tractors, lawn mowers, there's nothing here that doesn't have damage on it."
While the storm spared Duke, the tornado damaged Vannoy's home beyond repair. He expects to spend the next two years rebuilding.
Vannoy also said he had a horse that was picked up by the tornado and survived. He hopes his story serves as a warning to other pet owners. Duke was lucky to live through his ordeal, but many other animals are killed during severe storms.
If there's a tornado warning for your area, don't underestimate the power of Mother Nature. Head for safety, and don't forget to bring your pets with you.
What do you think of Duke's incredible survival? Let us know in the comments below.
All images via News Channel 3
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