Tornado hounds dog out of home
A FOUR-LEGGED victim of the tornado that ripped through Lennox Head last Thursday is lucky to be alive, but is now missing its owner.
The border collie/cattle dog cross female, estimated to be about 12 years old, was found trapped in a storm-water drain catchment about 10am last Friday by Alison Avenue resident Marie Fay.
She came outside to enjoy the sunshine and heard whimpers from the one-metre deep drain, which was filled with water.
Marie went to the drain at the back of her house and found the exhausted dog with its front legs over the metal grill and her head resting on the steel structure designed to catch rubbish.
“She was on her way out, I think, she could hardly bark,” Marie said.
“I couldn't lift her out.
“I'm an animal lover. I hate seeing animals like that.”
It's not known how long the dog had been in the drain, but it is assumed she had run away from home when the tornado tore through the northern part of Lennox Head last Thursday morning.
The dog was lucky to be found at all.
Marie said the Ballina Shire Council had only recently cleared the area around the drain.
“If they hadn't done that, I wouldn't have seen the dog,” she said.
Marie went to neighbour JasonTitjen for help, and they were able to get the dog out of the water.
She took the dog inside her house and phoned Ballina Shire Councilsenior ranger Des Bolt for help.
Mr Bolt took the dog to Shaws Veterinary Clinic in Ballina, where it was given a check-over. He said the dog was cleared of any major injuries, but had bad bruising on its chest and under its legs from where it had been trying to jump out of the catchment.
However, the dog wasn't microchipped, so Mr Bolt is now trying to find its owner.
It is now in care at Ballina Shire Council's animal shelter.
If you are the owner, phone the council's rangers on 6686 4444.