Members of a Fayetteville family who lost their home to a tornado are calling themselves lucky after being reunited with a pair of pooches thought lost in the storm.
The Alfonso family was on vacation when their home was destroyed. A relative who was housesitting saw their two dogs, Prince and Raider, carried away by a funnel cloud.
Prince soon turned up at the Cumberland County Animal Shelter, but the family believed Raider was gone for good.
A week after the storm, Fayetteville police noticed a German shepherd who kept returning to the location where the Alfonsos' house had stood. Members of the family came out to check, and were reunited with their dog.
Meagan Alfonso says the house can be replaced, but the dogs are part of the family.
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