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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Tsunami dog reunited with owner

A dog rescued more than a mile off the coast of Japan three weeks after the quake and tsunami has been reunited with her owner.

The female owner and two-year-old Ban had an emotional reunion at an animal care centre, reports the BBC.

"We'll never let go of her," the owner, who wished to remain anonymous, was quoted as saying by a centre official.
The dog was found by a Japan Coast Guard crew on a drifting roof some 1.1 miles off Kesennuma, Miyagi prefecture, one of the worst-hit areas along Japan's north-east coast.

The roof is believed to have been detached and washed out to sea by the retreating waters of the devastating tsunami, which hit the country on 11 March.

Ban immediately jumped up and wagged her tail when her owner - who recognised her dog on a TV report about the rescue - appeared.

"I'm happy for the reunion, after they were separated by the disaster," Toshiro Suzuki, head of the animal shelter was quoted as saying by Kyodo news agency.

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