Tornado Survivor Finds Dog Buried Alive

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maggieAs devastating tornadoes struck Washington, Illinois on Sunday Jon Byler Dann tried to protect his family. He was afraid that one important member didn’t survive. The family dog Maggie was missing after the storm and assumed dead, but over a day later faint barking was heard coming from beneath the rubble.

As debris started to hit his home with the approaching storms Jon Byler Dann took his four children down into his basement, but one family member wouldn’t come down with him. Maggie, Byer Dann’s 11-year-old dog he had since she was just a puppy, was skittish and refused to leave her kennel.

When the storm had passed Byer came out from the basement to find his home completely destroyed and Maggie nowhere to be found. He assumed his beloved dog had died.

Almost 30 hours later while family and friends searched through what was left of the home some friends heard a faint barking coming from beneath them. They quickly started to dig and found Maggie buried alive in the rubble. She had become wrapped in a piece of carpeting and when Byler Dann saw her he burst into tears.

Byler Dann quickly got his beloved pet some water. She was cold, dirty and in pain. Friends helped get her to a local veterinarian where she is now being treated for broken bones and some possible internal injuries. The veterinarian expects her to make a full recovery.

0 thoughts on “Tornado Survivor Finds Dog Buried Alive”

  1. I cannot understand why every story is blown into all this talk about whether the people in question are right or wrong. I have many cats and right now, many foster cats. There is no way I could save them all, which believe me, I think about. There are so many different scenarios. I am just one person here with a multitude of cats and a dog. I would make as many trips as I would feel safe in doing to save as many as I could, but there would be some that would be hiding under beds and who knows where. If my kids were not grown and gone, obviously I would be trying to save them…and no doubt they would be trying to help me save the animals.

  2. Cut the guy some slack ppl. He had a matter of seconds to get his family to saftey and had to say goodbye to his best friend in the a tornado there is no time to decide “do i grab my children or my dog?” instint kicks in when ur scared and a child takes priority to a pet.

  3. I hope Maggie makes a full recovery. I’m so sorry that you not only lost your home but also have vet bills to take care of. May I suggest: to help you raise money in this time of crisis. Wishing Maggie love and health.


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