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Dog who survived tornado recovering after being shot

By: Tanner Hesterberg Email
By: Tanner Hesterberg Email

AUXIER, Ky. (WYMT) - Cats may have nine lives. But apparently one dog in eastern Kentucky does, too.

After surviving the tornado outbreak on March 2, 2012, he is now a gunshot survivor.

Zeke is a Bluetick Coonhound who emerged from the tornado in Magoffin County with just a broken leg and some scratches.

He now lives in the Floyd County town of Auxier with the Lafferty family, who rescued him.

"We think of him as a member of our family," said Austin Lafferty, 15, who is Zeke's primary caretaker. "We thought he had maybe killed something or ate something that had tore up his throat and then we saw the (blood) splatter by the fence."

The shooting happened Saturday - the one year anniversary of the tornadoes.

"That's just crazy," Lafferty said. "Exactly right down to the date one year later he survives dying again. I don't see how. He's just tough."

The Lafferty's next-door neighbors discovered one of their dogs had also been shot at roughly the same time.

The neighbors did not want to do an interview but said they have purchased security cameras and are in the process of installing them.

Meanwhile. Zeke continues to recover....one paw at a time.

"He's definitely the toughest dog in the world," Lafferty said.

Lafferty did not find any bullets near their home where he believes the dog was shot.

The neighbors' dog also survived.

If you have any information on who may have shot the dogs, you should call police.

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