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Oklahoma tornado: Survivor finds her missing dog during television interview

Thursday May 23, 2013 - 08:08 EST

An amazing video shows an Oklahoma tornado survivor being reunited with her dog when it is found in the rubble of her flattened house as she is being interviewed on US television.

The woman, named by US media as Barbara Garcia, is seen in the standing amid the remnants of her razed house recounting the terrifying moment the supercell storm struck.

"I was sitting on a stool holding my dog, this was the game plan for over 30 years, to go in that little bathroom," she told the TV news crew.

"The electrics went off in the bathroom about the same time as I felt the stool come up out of the floor.

"I rolled around a little bit... I never lost consciousness. I hollered for my little dog and he didn't answer, he didn't come so I know he's in here somewhere," Mrs Garcia said, gesturing at the debris.

"It was there and it was gone. Just... just no time. And then it was light."

The CBS reporter then asked if she was able to fully comprehend what had happened.

"I know exactly what happened here. Exactly. This is life in the big city," she said.

It is at that moment that a crew member spots the woman's dog trapped under an appliance, with wiring over its face.

The dog, reportedly named Cathy - is pulled - seemingly unharmed - from the rubble and is reunited with its emotional owner.

"I thought God just answered one prayer to let me be OK, but he answered both of them because this was my second prayer," she said.

"Bless your little sweet heart."


© ABC 2013

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