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Lost dog who ran away during Michigan's EF-1 tornado found safe

Puckett has been found and reunited with his family after running away during a Michigan tornado.
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A 65-pound Labrador retriever and border collie mix, named Puckett was found safe on Wednesday by a Kent County employee and reunited with his happy family reported

According to one of Puckett's owner who had been visiting relatives in the Grand Rapids area before the storm hit on Sunday night, their dog had been boarded at the Well Mannered Dog Center located on the 5900 block of Clay Ave. SW when the storm struck. An employee had moved all of the dogs to a protected area as the tornado blew off part of the roof.

Owners thought all of the 60 to 70 dogs had been accounted for, but Puckett somehow managed to escape. The dog had been spotted several times, and his owners just wanted to get him back.

All of the dogs were transferred to the Kent County Animal Shelter for safety reasons.

Puckett was one lucky dog; he seemed to have suffered no injuries and was in good shape when reunited with his family, although they said the first line of business would be to get their dog microchipped.

"We got a lot of support from the community. Everybody was really willing to help out. Very reassuring to see how many people care, and how many people love dogs," stated one of Puckett's humans, Norm Christiansen.

Welcome home Puckett. Have a safe trip home to Vermont with your family.

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