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Tornado Outbreak, Dec. 26, 2015

Tornado Outbreak, Dec. 26, 2015

Continuing Coverage of the Dec. 26, 2015 Tornado Outbreak

Two Dogs Rescued From Tornado Rubble in Rowlett

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    Rescuers pulled a family's two dogs, Sawyer and Lucy, to safety two days after the weekend's tornadoes. (Published Monday, Dec. 28, 2015)

    Two days after a devastating EF-3 tornado passed through the Dallas suburb of Rowlett, homeowners searched through the debris looking to salvage any personal items.

    They were met with piles and piles of wood, leveled houses and dozens of overturned vehicles.

    But out of the debris and destruction also come stories of survival.

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    Gina Berkshier's sister and grandmother were trapped underneath their home Saturday. Gina's family rescued the pair, but couldn't find the family's two dogs.

    While Gina's sister and grandmother recuperated from minor injuries, relatives returned to the what was left of the house.

    Dogs Rescued From Rowlett RubbleDogs Rescued From Rowlett RubbleTwo days after an EF3 tornado reduced the two Rowlett homes to rubble, rescuers pulled teh Berkshier's two dogs -- Sawyer and Lucy -- to safety. (Published Monday, Dec. 28, 2015)

    Monday, while sorting through the rubble, they heard a familiar sound.

    "Oh, we heard him," said Gina. "We heard him crying out and barking."

    Family and friends immediately started digging.

    After 20 minutes of breaking down debris, Sawyer the dog was found.

    "Oh my gosh I have not been able to sleep these last few nights," said Gina. "I was just praying."

    Sawyer was buried for two days underneath the rubble of two houses. While filthy and in pain, a friend took the dog immediately to a local vet.

    Doctors said miraculously, Sawyer has no broken bones or injuries. He is a little banged up but doing great.

    Four hours later another prayer was answered. The family found their second dog.

    Lucy the Chihuahua was tucked underneath a mountain of scrap.

    Both dogs are expected to be OK.

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