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Family reunites with dog a month after tornado

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  • Rosco poses with his family, getting a hug from Madison Pritchard, 10, in their Mellott, Ind., home on Wednesday. He had been lost during a recent tornado.

      Rosco poses with his family, getting a hug from Madison Pritchard, 10, in their Mellott, Ind., home on Wednesday. He had been lost during a recent tornado.
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MELLOTT, Ind. -- Members of an Indiana family were reunited Wednesday with their dog a month after he vanished in the aftermath of a tornado and was adopted by another family.

Rosco was claimed by the Robinson family at the Clinton County Humane Society after a woman who adopted him from the shelter decided to return him to his original owners.

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Rosco had vanished Nov. 17 when a tornado badly damaged the Robinson's home in Mellott, a small town 60 miles northwest of Indianapolis. The Robinsons returned home the day of the storm and found Rosco gone and the chain he had been tethered to broken.

"We looked in the barn, under the house, everywhere, just in case he was somewhere safe," Kyla Robinson told WTHR-TV.

The family eventually assumed that Rosco was dead. But it turned out a man had spotted Rosco the day after the storm wandering without tags about 45 miles from home. He brought Rosco to the Clinton County shelter.

Shelter director Jim Tate said the woman who adopted Rosco refused to return him to the Robinsons, after initially agreeing to do so. But she changed her mind Tuesday, delighting Kyla Robinson, her 10-year-old daughter and the rest of their family.

"I'm just so thankful she understands how much my daughter loves Rosco that she's willing to give him up," Robinson said. "I understand why she wouldn't want to give him back because I would struggle too, but I'm so glad she did."

Robinson agreed to reimburse the woman the $275 she paid in fees while adopting Rosco.

She said she's not upset with the woman -- she's just happy to get Rosco home and in time for Christmas.

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