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The Tearjerker Story of a Dog Who Crawled His Way Home After the Ala. Tornadoes

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"This is probably the most dramatic we've seen..."

If a tornado picked you up, threw you across the sky, and set you down in an unfamiliar place far away from home, and you broke two legs in the process, could you find your way back? That's exactly the incredible story of Mason, a terrier mix in Alabama.

"On [Wednesday] April 27th," WBRC-TV reports, "Mason was hiding in his garage in North Smithfield when the storm picked him up and blew him away. His owners couldn't find him and had about given up when they came back Monday to sift through the debris, and found Mason waiting for them on the porch."

But Mason didn't just find his way home. Because of the severity of his injuries, he couldn't even walk. He had to crawl home:

WBRC continues:

"He's got 2 broken legs and they're distal radial ulnal fractures, they've not been able to be in alignment so neither one of them have healed so he had to crawl on 2 broken legs to get home," said Dr. Barbara Benhart, staff veterinarian at the Birmingham-Jefferson Co. Animal Control Shelter.

"This is probably the most dramatic we've seen as far as an injury in an animal that's survived this long," said Phil Doster, also with the shelter. "It's kind of tapering off, the amount of animals we're seeing because of the storm. For an animal just to show up on someone's porch after this time was pretty remarkable, especially with the condition he's in."

Mason's owners asked the shelter to take him because they're not able to care for him while they try and piece their lives back together, and now Mason's amazing tale gets better with the help of a donation from the Vulcan Park Animal Care Clinic.

"He called and asked if there was anything he could do, last week, and this dog appeared today and so I called him, and never a hesitation, he offered 'bring it on over and he'll see what he can do," said Dr. Benhart.

Now with a little luck and a lot of love, Mason may become a mascot for storm survivors on four and 2 legs.

According to an update posted on the news station's site, Mason is scheduled for a long surgery today. And while it will be a difficult one, he is expected to survive.

(H/T: Daily What)

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