A scruffy, mud-covered dog stood guard over his owner's deceased body as it lay beneath a pile of rubble following the deadly EF-5 tornado that ripped through the town of Moore, Okla. on Monday
A photo of the dog has gone viral after it was initially tweet out on by the Oklahoma County Sheriff's office with the caption: "scared, but this little pup survived."
On Tuesday, authorities discovered the body of the dog's apparent owner underneath their house, prompting police to retweet the image with a revised caption.
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"Man's best friend to end," the post reads. "The dog was standing guard over a deceased individual, possibly its owner..."
The dog has since been taken to a local shelter, where if no one claims the animal, the deputy who found it says he plans on adopting it.
The photo has since been shared thousands of times
, local NBC affiliate WSFA reported.
In addition to the photos of children being rescued from the ruble left by Monday's tornado, images of animals being carried through the rubble have become popular posts on social media sites online in the days after the tragic storm that left at least 24 people dead.
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Perhaps the most memorable instance of an animal being rescued from the rubble was that of Barbara Garcia, who during an on-air interview with CBS News, discovered her pup underneath the wreckage that was once her house
In the video, as CBS News’ Anna Werner asks Garcia her what she thinks of the devastation, the reporter suddenly exclaims, “the dog!” and the camera moves to reveal a scruffy face peeking out from the rubble.
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