Dog lost during Kentucky tornado has been found dead near where he went missing

May 22, 2016

The family of a dog lost during a tornado near Mayfield, Kentucky on May 10 has been found dead near where he went missing after being ripped from the arms of one of his owners, WPSD Local 6 reported May 22. The story of Ruger, a 2-year-old Blue Heeler, gained more than 9,000 followers on his Facebook: Help Find Ruger community page. An update was posted Sunday saying Ruger’s was located

 “It is with great sadness and the heaviest of hearts that we must make this post. Each and every one of you has been the kindest most warm-hearted and gracious people we could have asked for to support us through the search that came to a devastating end today. We found our beloved Ruger this afternoon, not far from the storm sight, having never made it out as we had hoped.”
WPSD Local 6 first reported the heartbreaking story of how Matt James ran for his garage when he saw the tornado coming over the hill headed straight for his home. Ruger was tied to a 6 by 6 post in the corner of the garage at his Nelson Lane home. Matt held his dog as the tornado tore through the garage, flipping it into the air and ripping Ruger from his arms as they hid between the back tire of James’ truck and a wall.

Matt was injured, but his main concern was Ruger. He and his girlfriend, Brie Keys, have spent the last two weeks searching for their beloved dog. James even found the post that Ruger was tied to, but his dog was missing. The couple is staying with Brie’s family in Murray and hoped to find Ruger. Realizing their dog may not have survived, they wanted closure one way or the other.

Sweet Ruger gave his family two years of unconditional love. We all grieve with you and wish there could have been a happy ending. Run free Ruger. You were loved.





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