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Dog crawls home with broken legs after tornado

Dog crawls home with broken legs after tornado

A dog swept away by a tornado in the US was found waiting at home almost three weeks later after crawling home with two broken legs.

The terrier mix, named Mason, was hiding in a garage in North Smithfield, Alabama, when the April 27 twister struck, Fox News WBRC reports.

After the stormed passed, Mason’s owners could not find him and assumed he did not survive the tornado that killed over 300 people.

When the owners returned to their destroyed home two-and-a-half weeks later, they found Mason waiting on the front porch.

Dr Barbara Benhart, from the Birmingham Jefferson County Animal Control, said Mason's two broken front legs meant he would have had to crawl home.

Mason's owner Phil Doster is unable to care for his pet while he rebuilds his life after the devastating storm, but said he was "honoured" to be part of Mason's recovery.

"For an animal just to show up on someone's porch after this time was pretty remarkable, especially with the condition he's in," Mr Doxter told Fox.

"For an animal to go through what he's gone through and not to be ugly, to be happy for any companionship is remarkable."

Mason is currently at the Vulcan Park Animal Clinic where veterinary doctors plan to use plates and pins to realign his bones.

Last month, residents of Alabama, Mississippi and four other southern states were hit by scores of powerful tornadoes in the most deadly storms to hit the region in 37 years.

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