Mama Dog returns to owners viewing tornado damage

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Mama Dog evaded everyone.

The black-and-white pit bull mix who survived the tornado Wednesday tornado that demolished her home in Rancho Brazos Estates continued to slip through the hands of animal control officers, firefighters, deputy sheriffs and well-meaning volunteers by the dozens, said Hood County Animal Control Sgt. Kelly McNab.

The dog, who had recently given birth to a litter, moved from place to place frantically sniffing around. That inspired rescuers to start calling her Mama Dog and captured the hearts of Star-Telegram readers.

Mama Dog was reunited with her owners Saturday night, but nobody thought to ask her real name, McNab said.

“Where she was at, that was her house,” she said. “When the owners came back to see their property, she came running as soon as she heard their voices.”

McNab believes that Mama Dog gave birth during the storm. Her puppies were found deceased near a white pickup that ended up a few blocks away.

“Too many dead pets have been found,” McNab said. “I’m logging the ones we pick up. If they have tags with IDs, we’re calling the owners.”

Happily, though, more than 200 pets were rescued alive or, like Mama Dog, hung on until their owners returned home.

About 120 dogs were taken to a warehouse at NewScope Ford Manufacturing on U.S. 377, where owner Brad Snyder led a brigade of employees and other volunteers to nurture them for a couple of days. By Sunday morning, all but a handful had been reclaimed by their owners.

“They announced this as a pickup place Friday and 70 percent of them were gone that day,” Snyder said Sunday. “The hamster arrived this morning.”

Indeed, a tiny hamster in a wire cage and several other exotic pets were rescued from the disaster area, McNab said.

“We had six hens and two roosters, two goats, two rabbits, many exotic birds and one turtle,” she said. “The turtle was in an aquarium.”

More than 30 cats were also returned to their owners, McNab said.

To make temporary room for all the pets at Hood County’s animal shelter, the Humane Society of North Texas took in all the adoptable pets that had been in the shelter before the tornado.

Some of those animals remain at the Humane Society shelter on East Lancaster Avenue in Fort Worth, spokesman Charles Thompson said. They’re still waiting for adoption, he added, available by calling 817-332-5907, ext. 104.

Terry Evans, 817-390-7620 Twitter: @fwstevans

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