Hurt dog found in dead owner’s arms after tornado finds a home

Emma (Photo: ABC News)

VAN, Texas (WTNH)– A wounded dog, that was found in her dead owner’s arms after a tornado ripped through their house, has now found a new home.

ABC News reports that the 8-year-old giant Pyrenees suffered head trauma, an inner ear injury, bruises throughout her body and difficulty balancing after a tornado tore through Van, Texas two weeks ago.

“Emma went and crawled up underneath his [her former owner’s] arm for comfort, so a very sad situation — but she’s going to have a good home,” said Cindy Nash, the director of Nicholas Pet Haven to ABC News.

Emma was adopted by Michelle Shockley, a volunteer who helped the animal shelter collect the wounded animals after the tornado.

Michelle & Emma  (Photo: ABC News)
Michelle & Emma
(Photo: ABC News)

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“I was sitting in the back of the pick-up and she came out on my lap. She was just exhausted and very traumatized,” Shockley told ABC News.

Emma’s original owners, David and Brenda Tapleys, had ten dogs all together, three of whom also died in the tornado, one who was adopted by their grown children, and the other six were surrounded to Nicholas Pet Haven.

Shockley renamed her adopted dog Emma at the suggestion of a behavioral psychologist.

Shockely added, “from what the vet said from his initial exams, the way in which she was battered and bruised under her coat, she was at Ground Zero. She was thrown around.”

Emma’s hair is now starting to grow back after being shaved by the vet for her wounds, and she is also starting to regain her appetite.

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