Dog found after running away during Bryan Co. tornado

Published: Apr. 9, 2022 at 11:58 PM EDT
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Ellabell, Ga. (WTOC) - Amid the devastation experienced in Bryan County, there is some good news to report. An Ellabell family has been reunited with their dog after she ran away during the tornado.

For Andrew and Joselyn Clayton, their dogs are everything.

But after only three weeks of owning their dogs Miya and Nala, the couple encountered every pet owner’s worst nightmare.

“I was in panic mode, I’m not going to lie,” said Joselyn Clayton.

Their two dogs were home alone when a tornado tore apart their house., forcing the couple to scramble home, desperate to see if they were okay.

“I was crying. I was worried for our dogs. I saw our house completely gone and I thought the worst,” said Joselyn.

Nala stayed in the rubble after the tornado hit, waiting for the couple to get home, but Miya was nowhere to be found.

“Oh God. I’ll be honest, I thought she was stuck under the rubble or she got thrown out. We looked around as much as we could but we couldn’t see her,” said Joselyn.

But when a second line of storms approached, the couple was forced to leave their home without knowing if Miya was alive

“The fact that we had to leave, the first moment of and we just had to hope that she was ok, that was a really heartbreaking moment,” said Andrew Clayton, Joselyn’s husband.

Joselyn then turned to Facebook, pleading with the community to help find Miya.

“We tried to stay hopeful, but in the back of my mind, I was thinking my we didn’t look enough in the rubble, maybe she’s crushed,” said Joselyn.

The post went viral and was shared more than 15,000 times.

“I’m very thankful for everyone that shared and liked. People from Tennessee, Ohio, and California were reaching out,” said Joselyn.

The couple says they didn’t sleep or eat for two days while Miya was missing.

Until she got a message from the Roberts family saying they found her not too far away.

“I was like wait a minute I think that’s the dog missing from the house that got hit. I remembered seeing Jocelyn’s post and my heart just sank for her,” said Cailey Roberts, who found Miya.

“She was wet she looked dirty, she looked like she was barely creeping along,” said John Roberts, Cailey’s husband.

With a little convincing, the Claytons and Roberts were able to convince Miya out of the woods and eventually got her home.

“I’m just so grateful and thankful for everyone that reached out looking for her,” said Joselyn.

“Just to give her that piece of happiness after everything they’ve gone through was so humbling,” said Cailey.

The family’s house may be gone...but they say they are happy to be reunited with their “fur babies.”

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