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April 4th, 2011
09:45 AM ET

Dog rescued after quake going back to its owner

(CNN) - A dog rescued off the Japanese coast floating on top of a house is on her way back to her owner Monday.

The dog wagged its tail and jumped up to a woman described by local media as a relative of the owner as she collected her to deliver back to her family for what promises to be a warm reunion.

It turns out the lucky dog's name is "Ban," and she was originally living in Kessenuma before being separated from her master after the March 11 earthquake, tsunami and subsequent fire that swept through the coastal village.

It's not clear how the 2-year-old mixed breed Ban and her master were separated, but Kessenuma is located in Miyagi prefecture, which was virtually wiped out by the disaster three weeks ago.

An employee at the Miyagi Animal Care Center told CNN by phone that the owner had been staying in a temporary relocation center in Sendai since being evacuated from Kessenuma.

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Adrian Meli

    It's a great story, the chances are probably 1 in a million that this dog was seen in the footage. I have not read that this is the case, but i hope there is a way for all the dogs who have been found pictures to be put online in one location so families can find them.

    April 5, 2011 at 10:11 am |
  2. Annie Kate

    Great news! Glad the dogs family/owner made it through the quake and tsunami and that they are together now. Good news for a change.

    April 4, 2011 at 9:47 pm |
  3. Donna Wood Lexington, Tn.

    Thats a great story! Im a sucker for a happy animal rescue story! It tends to make me feel more confident about the human rescues for some reason!

    April 4, 2011 at 8:54 pm |

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