Adam Leitch gives Sushi a welcome hug.
Adam Leitch gives Sushi a welcome hug. Jay Cronan

Dog, owner reunited after tornado

YOU could tell she was happy, and so was he. She ran out to greet him. He put his arms out, and then she wagged her tail.

This was the moment Sushi, the 13-year-old border collie-cross cattle dog, was reunited with her family.

Adam Leitch collected her from the Ballina Shire Council animal shelter, to take her home to Lennox Head, on Wednesday.

Sushi had run away from the Leitch family home, where she has lived since a pup, in fear after the tornado struck the coastal township last week.

She was found by Lennox Head resident Marie Fay in a stormwater drain catchment last Friday, exhausted and lucky not to have drowned.

Mr Leitch saw the story on the search for the rescued dog’s owner in Wednesday’s Northern Star and recognised Sushi straight away.

When he arrived at the animal shelter to pick her up he couldn’t wait to see her, and from the whimpers and tail-wagging of Sushi, she was more than happy to be reunited with her owners.

Mr Leitch said the rear roof of the family’s Gibbon Street house was ripped apart by the destructive winds of the tornado, and is now tarped.

In the ensuing clean-up after the storm the gate to the property was left open.

Adam said the Leitch family members – sister Danielle, and parents Mark and Debbie – have been out looking for Sushi every day.



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