Reunions of owners, pets a bright spot in Granbury tornado recovery

Posted Friday, May. 17, 2013  comments  Print Reprints
More information To reclaim pets Animals will be available at the temporary shelter at 5845 Acton Circle in Granbury between 9 a.m. and 7 a.m. today and 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday. Bring a driver’s license and if possible, a photo of the animal. For information, call 817-891-5911. Source: Hood County sheriff’s department

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As Amanda Hernandez described her family’s lost dog on Friday, a smile spread across a shelter worker’s face and she interrupted, saying, “We’ve got your dog!”

When the Hernandez family left their shattered house in the Rancho Brazos Estates subdivision in a panic Wednesday night, they were separated from 4-year-old Rambo, part Rottweiler, part blue heeler.

Friday, Amanda and Alfonso Hernandez and their three children went to the Hood County Animal Control facility. No Rambo.

They traveled across Granbury to a temporary animal shelter on Acton Circle. Shortly after 4 p.m., 2-year-old Steven Hernandez planted a kiss on Rambo’s wet nose.

“We’re relieved,” Amanda Hernandez said. “That’s one less thing we are going to have to worry about.”

The twister destroyed their home, and they are staying in a hotel with the help of their church.

Rambo was one of an estimated 100 animals the Humane Society of North Texas dealt with this week after the tornadoes, said Shelly Meeks, assistant shelter manager. Rescue workers found dogs, cats, goats, chickens, roosters, birds and guinea pigs. The animals were briefly moved to Fort Worth while the temporary shelter was organized, she said.

Late Friday afternoon, 35 animals were left at the shelter where Rambo was found, said Sgt. Kelly McNamb of Hood County Animal Control.

Earlier Friday, volunteer Sandi Walker Fornes witnessed the reunion of a pit bull named Junior and his owner, which was featured Friday night on Anderson Cooper’s CNN program.

“Oh, my gosh,” she said. “I got goose bumps. I can’t imagine my dog getting ripped away from me.”

Diane Smith, 817-390-7675 Twitter: @dianesasmith1

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