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Tornado Survivor Finds New Home


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Update: Twister has a home. The dog was adopted late Saturday afternoon by a woman named Karen from Menomonee Falls. The retired pet lover says hers will be the ideal home for him because she can devote the necessary time and resources for his care. Thank you for your messages of concern – this happy ending comes as a relief to all who sought to find Twister a new family.

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Twister and Karen

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Saukville, Wis. – A very special dog is looking for a second chance at the Wisconsin Humane Society Ozaukee Campus after barely surviving a devastating tornado. “Twister”, a three-year-old corgi mix, was found wandering through a field in West Liberty, Kentucky after a tornado ripped through the town, carrying him away from his home.

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West Liberty was one of the hardest-hit areas in Kentucky and Indiana that weekend, where tornadoes killed at least 34 people and injured more. The town of West Liberty was nearly demolished and had at least 5 reported deaths.

Staff members at WHS were told by shelter officials in Kentucky that dogs were running loose throughout West Liberty, and many animals had to be surrendered to animal shelters because so many families had lost their homes. Several of those dogs, including Twister, were transferred to the Wisconsin Humane Society Ozaukee Campus this week.

Twister’s front leg was seriously injured and had to be amputated immediately in Kentucky; his eye was previously missing but needed additional surgery when he arrived in Wisconsin. Now, the 3-year-old dog is almost fully recovered and looking for a new home.

Despite his injuries, his prognosis is excellent. Dr. Randal Zeman of the WHS Ozaukee Campus said that Twister was appropriately named. “He’s definitely got a lot of energy and despite being 3-legged, he is more active than many dogs his age!”

To learn more about Twister or the adoption process, contact the Wisconsin Humane Society Ozaukee Campus at 262-377-7580 or