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Dog Found Alive Amid Tornado Rubble in Illinois After 30 Hours

By David Ogul   |   Tuesday, 19 Nov 2013 07:14 PM

They’re calling her the miracle dog, and with good reason. Maggie, an 11-year-old collie mix somehow survived a deadly tornado that struck Washington, Ill., this weekend. She was discovered Sunday after being buried under debris for some 30 hours.

Jon Byler Dann and his four children survived the tornado by taking refuge in a basement. He had tried to coax Maggie into the safe room with the family, but the dog was apparently too spooked to leave her kennel, The Weather Channel reported. When Dann and his kids emerged from the shelter, they found that winds pushing 190 mph had destroyed their home. Maggie was missing, and everyone figured she was dead.

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But 30 hours later, while searching through the rubble, Dann heard a faint bark. Maggie was buried beneath the debris, under a piece of carpeting. She suffered a few broken bones, but was taken to the vet for treatment and is on the road to recovery.

Dann has had the dog since she was 4 months old.

“I felt intense relief and elation but also just panic,” Dann told The Weather Channel after finding the injured animal. “I’m very thankful and blessed to have my wife and my children. And finding my dog today was just unreal.”

Folks on Twitter were moved by news of the discovery.

Washington, Ill., was devastated by the tornado, which was measured at an E4 with winds estimated at 170 to 190 mph. One person was killed in the town of about 15,000 and up to 500 buildings were damaged or destroyed. Some 120 people were injured.

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