Vet specialists, Arkansans help injured dogs from tornado receive surgery

RUSSELLVILLE (KATV) -- Several neighbors in Faulkner County lost their pets in last week's tornado, and hundreds of others were injured. Some of the injuries so severe that most vet clinics couldn't operate. Many of the owners lost just about everything they had, so you can imagine why spending thousands to keep their pets alive just wasn't an option. That is until Arkansans stepped in to help. "I went running where the house used to be and she come running up over the rubble," said Vilonia resident Nick Conway. "I could tell her leg was broken, but I didn't know how bad it was," he added about his German Sheppard, Sevin. Conway recalled returning home after the tornado to find his family's beloved Sevin limping out of the rubble. He later learned her leg was so severely broken that it could not be fixed. "We're upset as you can imagine, and that was just the worst part of the whole thing when we thought we were going to have to put our dog down," Conway continued. "Then they called back ten minutes later and said don't worry about it, we'll take care of your dog. That was the best part of the emotional roller coaster." After learning about Sevin, Azzore Veterinary Specialists in Russellville started a page on its web site, , to help fund her amputation at a very discounted price. "Initially after the first dog when we raised more than we needed for that surgery, we thought well we'll just donate the rest to tornado relief," said Cheree Miller with Azzore. "Then, we got another phone call with two more dogs, then another phone call with two more dogs." Currently it has dogs like Daisy, who was found in a tree after the tornado with a broken front leg, and Rosco whose owner just found out this week that her dog is still alive. To find out about more animals at Azzore, you can visit its Facebook page: