- Wednesday May 22nd, 2013 :: 06:05 p.m. CDT
UPDATE: Dog found standing guard of deceased man in tornado destroyed house reunited with owner. #okcoso #405strong
(Moore, Oklahoma) May 22, 2013 the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office (OCSO) reunited a dog found in the rubble of a tornado destroyed house with it's rightful owner. May 20, 2013 after a tornado ripped through the City of Moore an OCSO deputy searching for victims found a 12-year old Schipperke-Border Collie mix standing guard over a deceased male inside a house in Moore. The deputy convinced the dog to leave the side of the deceased victim, and eventually made sure the pup was taken to an emergency tornado animal shelter.
The OCSO posted the picture of the dog named "Susie" on our social media sites May 20th, and the picture went viral with millions of people looking at the picture.
May 21st the OCSO posted that the dog was likely standing guard over her owner. During the evening of May 21st a woman named Sheila Collins posted on our Facebook page that the dog did not belong to the deceased victim, but belonged to her brother Curtis Collins who had been searching for "Susie". The deputy who found "Susie" contacted Sheila and after much determination and confirmation was able to reunite "Susie", and Curtis.
"Susie" and Curtis live about a 1/2 mile from where she was found by our deputy and Curtis has no idea why she stood guard of the victim whom he did not know. It was an emotional reunion between "Susie" and Curtis, one we were glad to have been a part of.
Curtis has asked that anyone who was touched by "Susie's" story to make a donation to the Central Oklahoma Humane Society to assist with shelter needs related to the storm.
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Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office
201 N Shartel Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73102