May 22 (UPI) --
"Scared, but this little pup survived," the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office said in a Twitter photo
of a small, black dog sitting atop rubble in the aftermath of the devastating tornado that wreaked havoc in Moore, Okla., on Monday.
The image of the sad-eyed Schipperke-Border Collie mix went viral
on social media when authorities initially concluded that the dog had been guarding her owner's dead body. But according to the the sheriff's office Facebook page
, "Susie" actually belongs to tornado survivor Curtis Collins, who was immediately reunited with his loving pet.
The sheriff's department also said they had "no idea" why Susie would guard the dead body of a victim she had never met.
"Susie" and Curtis live about a 1/2 mile from where she was found by our deputy and Curtis has no idea why she stood guard of the victim whom he did not know.
It was an emotional reunion between "Susie" and Curtis, one we were glad to have been a part of.
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