Man hurt in Barron Co. tornado reunited with dogs

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RICE LAKE, Wis. (WEAU)-- Ron Belcher is still recovering at Lakeview Medical Center in Rice Lake. Despite a broken hand and cracked ribs, his thoughts are with other victims that lost their homes in the Prairie Lake Estates mobile home park where he lived.

“I feel terrible for everybody. If there is better awareness or they can do more to the trailer court to protect all of us, everyone in all of the community. Not just everyone in Prairie Lake Estates, but the whole community,” Belcher explained.

Ron and his brother Michael were at their trailer home when the tornado tore through on Tuesday.

“I saw trailers moving and flipping and I tried to get the dogs and I called out to my brother,” Belcher explained.

Ron and his brother were both taken to the hospital. As for Ron's two dogs, he thought they were lost.

“When we looked at the rubble I said I didn't know. They will both be 15 and I almost cried,” he explained.

But thanks to nurses, on Thursday the two pups were reunited with their owner. Upon seeing his beloved dogs, Belcher’s spirits instantly went up. It was a happy reunion for Ron, who says it will still be sometime before he can recover fully.

“They told me it was going to be 6-8 weeks before it heals fully,” he said.

For Registered nurse Ciara Rockow who called up a local veterinarian's office and located the dogs, the reunion is a happy sight and one she hopes will help in the healing process.

“It's a good feeling to help a patient be reunited with his dogs especially when he can’t do it himself. Now he can focus on recovering physically and not be worried about his dogs,” she explained.

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