One of the survivors of the May 15 tornado is a little goofy. Actually, he’s big and his name is Goofy.
He’s also fortunate to be alive.
A city of Granbury firefighter helping search through rubble on May 17 near the intersection of Sundown and Tumbleweed in the Rancho Brazos subdivision caught a partial glimpse of something. At first he thought it was a person who didn’t survive the EF-4 tornado, which killed six and injured dozens the night before. Then he realized it was alive – and it was a dog.
After the homeowner eventually showed up at the site, he told Animal Control deputy Frank Hackett through a volunteer Spanish language translator that the dog’s name is Goofy and seemed thrilled his pet was alive.
Hackett said that the rubble appeared to be from a small shed that had collapsed on top of the dog – which, thankfully, is a sturdy animal that weighs about 150 pounds. A van type mobile home was nearby, tossed upside down by the twister, narrowly missing Goofy’s doghouse.
“The (owner’s) house was completely demolished, and he thought the dog was dead,” Animal Control Sergeant Kelly McNab said.
The dog – a male Anatolian Pyrenees mix – not only was alive, but had only minor scratches.
“It is a miracle that he wasn’t killed,” McNab said, noting that the dog was treated and released the same day by a veterinarian. The path (the tornado) took was right over him. I can’t imagine. It was horrible, finding some of the animals out there.”
Almost three weeks later, the dog’s owner still hasn’t shown up at the Animal Control facility to take him back. McNab indicated that’s understandable, considering it may be awhile before he can provide a suitable new home for his pet.
Goofy has been a little on the grumpy side – although that might be understandable considering what he went through. At first, McNab said, he threatened to bite when an Animal Control officer would approach him.
“Yeah, and he’s not at home,” she said. “But he’s warming up.”
He continues to offer a deep growl now and then, but seems to have toned it down lately.
“I think he doesn’t know what’s happening,” McNab said. “I think he’s gotten more comfortable with us.”
McNab emphasized that Animal Control can’t house the dog indefinitely, adding, “We are waiting for him to come pick up his dog.”
Animal Control handled 177 animals in all that were strays as a result of the tornado, but there are only 17 – 11 cats, four dogs and two birds – still unclaimed.
Although 18 animals didn’t survive the tornado, McNab noted another happy story about a Lab mix that had been impaled by numerous pieces of debris. She wasn’t sure he would make it, even though he also received treatment from a vet. But his owner is unknown.
“He knows how to sit and shake,” McNab said. “He’s wonderful. He’s so happy – such a happy boy. Somebody has loved this dog, but we have no idea who he belonged to.”
Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Lynn McDonald, who recently began overseeing Animal Control, said that the duty of rounding up the animals in the aftermath of such a tragedy can be overlooked.
“The residents were tickled we had been in there,” McDonald said. “It’s a job that nobody thinks about, that has to be done. A lot of their pets are their babies. I think all the guys at Animal Control did an awesome job.”
McNab said she was grateful for outside help, which bolstered the work turned in by the five local Animal Control officers. Eight volunteers arrived from the Humane Society of North Texas to assist, as well as others from several area rescue groups.
“It was a community effort,” McNab said. “I thought it went really well – as well as it can go in a national disaster.”
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