Tornado Survivor Crawls Home on Broken Legs

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A battered, courageous dog has survived a tornado ride, only to spend days making a painful journey home, crawling with two badly broken front legs.

Mason was hiding in the garage of his North Smithfield, AL home on April 27th when his family says a twister carried him away. After days spent searching the family had almost given up – until they returned to their home Monday to retrieve personal items. Mason was waiting for them on the front porch.

“He’s got 2 broken legs and they’re distal radial ulnar 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, a veterinarian with the Birmingham-Jefferson County 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 shelter worker Phil Doster. “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 is now in the care of a local vet while surgeons try to determine what it will take to repair his legs – they are doing the work for free.

32 thoughts on “Tornado Survivor Crawls Home on Broken Legs”

  1. I could not get this video to play but what a heart that little dog has! I so hope his owners are able to rebuild their home and open it back up to this courageous little guy.

  2. Thank Goodness the owners returned while he was there! I hope others continue to go home and look for pets for a long time. We’ve seen in other postings dogs come home years later! Blessings on the Vet for their assistance. Good Wishes to the family that they can get their lives back together and have Mason truly come home!

  3. Wonderful, heartwarming story amidst a turbulent world (literally and figuratively). Great that Mason’s family sought a caring place for him as they deal with their life-altering circumstances.

  4. I work for a referral surgery practice in Atlanta area and I am wondering if there is anything that we could do to help Mason get the best outcome possible for his chronic fractures? Please contact me if help is needed in that area…we have 4 surgeons and I do not mind asking them to help out if needed. We see chronic fracture/ non-union cases frequently.


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