A family dog was rescued from a tree following the deadly Texas flood that devastated Wimberly last week, My San Antonio reported May 27.
The tragic news of the McComb family has made the news on a daily basis. Jonathan McComb, his wife Laura and their two young children, Andrew and Leighton were swept away as flood waters rose.
Jonathan was found 10 miles downstream from where the house his family and friends were staying in was swept off its foundation last Sunday. Andrew’s body has been recovered. Laura and Leighton are still missing.
In the middle of tons of debris, a rescuer spotted a dog in a tree. That dog, a yellow Labrador named Maggie, is the family dog belonging to the McComb family.
After being spotted, the Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team rescued Maggie from a tree on the banks of the Blanco River.
In the midst of the tons of debris and rubble strewn across the landscape, a rescuer spotted an unusual sight: a dog in a tree. The veterinary team and its partner, Texas Task Force 1, tracked down relatives, and now Maggie has been reunited with her extended family.
Spokeswoman for the A&M team Angela Clendenic, explains how easily Maggie was identified
“The reason why the story about Maggie has such a happy ending and be reunited with family is she was microchipped. You never know when disaster is going to strike, so one of the best things to do is make sure your animal is microchipped.”
Clendenin added that animal control for Hays County was activated Monday afternoon, and are now in full force searching for pets lost during the floods.
Not only was it a miracle Maggie was found alive, she escaped with only a few scrapes.
A lot of people don’t have their pets microchipped because they don’t believe their animal will ever escape the house or be stolen. The storms over the past few years are filled with dogs and cats reunited with their family, all thanks to microchipping.
Microchipping is the best bet for identifying a pet lost for any reason, and most cities have a low-cost clinic who will insert the microchip for a very small fee.
Jonathan McComb remains at Brooke Army Medical Center, now known as San Antonio Military Medical Center. Please keep him in your thoughts as he heals, and give him the strength to face the loss of his family members.