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Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office
Monday June 3rd, 2013 :: 02:17 p.m. CDT


Rescued pet timber-wolf recovering after May 20th tornado. #okcoso #okstrong

(Oklahoma City) After the May 20th tornado in Moore, Oklahoma several Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office (OCSO) deputies were immediately on scene assisting where they were needed. During all of the aftermath deputies ran across a pet timber-wolf that had suffered critical internal injuries from debris that was tossed around by the twister.

OCSO Reserve Deputy Dr. James Bugg, Sgt. Bill Fretz, and Christina Murcer, a nurse, found the timber-wolf in critical condition in the rubble. The wolf, "Tala", had massive internal injuries from a wood board that entered and exited her abdomen. Dr. Bugg, is a member of the OCSO Special Operations Team and has received training to stabilize K-9's if needed. "I had to re-insert the dogs intestines back into her", said Dr. Bugg. "I was able to stop the bleeding at the scene and closed the wound on her nose."

The deputies and nurse stabilized "Tala" and covered her with foil blankets. The deputies didn't have much time to follow through with the wolf as they were asked to assist with a call of a woman who was trapped nearby.

"We have some incredible people who serve the public", said Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel. "Our deputies assisted with many rescues following the Moore tornado, in addition to people they were able to assist many animals as well".

Dr. Bugg found out that "Tala" had been transported to Boyer Veterinary Clinic in Oklahoma City. We have learned that "Tala" has made a significant recovery. The Boyer Veterninary Clinic worked on "Tala" initially after the tornado without any electricity, now the wolf is standing, wagging her tail, and eating well.

Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office
201 N Shartel Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 405-713-1000

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