Dog dies from fallen tree

The strong winds knocked over Fred Walker's backyard tree and destroyed the garage some of his dogs were laying in.

Posted: May 20, 2019 6:42 PM

SHADELAND, Ind. (WLFI) — Several neighborhoods are still cleaning up the damage of Sunday's rain and wind storm.

One Shadeland homeowner lost one of their family dogs to a fallen tree. The strong winds knocked over Fred Walker's backyard tree and destroyed the garage some of his dogs were laying in.

One was able to escape, one they rescued, and one was sadly in the wrong position at the wrong time.

Walker and his family were away from home on Sunday when winds of more than 50 miles per hour came rushing through their neighborhood.

“I saw on Facebook that some people close by were saying that the lights got ripped off the side of their house and they had no electric and I said, maybe we ought to get home, maybe there's something wrong and lo and behold, there was,” said Walker.

They arrived to a scene of their backyard maple tree crushing part of their garage, a part where his family dogs happened to be during the incident.

“That was just where they liked to hang out and of course when it was storming real bad they all jumped under there, but as far as we can tell, one got out was limping, one was trapped we got her out about midnight, the other one's dead,” said Walker.

According to the Tippecanoe County Emergency Management Agency, The southern side of Tippecanoe County was hit the hardest. Walker has lived in his home in Shadeland for nearly 40 years and has never experienced any storm like this.

“It's the worst we've ever been hit here," said Walker. "We've had some high storms, some wind but never where it uprooted an entire tree."

Walker said the family has kept many dogs through the years but saying goodbye to them are never easy.

“They come and go, they don't live as long as we do but I never figured one would die like this,” said Walker.

For now, the family's working on cleaning up the storm damage and loving on the other pups.

“We're dealing with it, it's just one of those things you always see on TV that you think will never happen but it happens,” said Walker.

According to the Tippecanoe County Emergency Management Agency, we are in the midst of storm season. You can find ways to be prepared here.

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