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Neighbors find dog wandering near tornado debris in Kathleen, looking to reunite him with owner

Posted at 5:38 PM, Oct 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-21 18:08:39-04

KATHLEEN, Fla. -- Neighbors in Kathleen are working to reunite a wandering dog with his owner Monday evening.

Neighbors tell ABC Action News reporter Michael Paluska they found the dog wandering near tornado debris in the area. Now, they are trying to find his owner.

The owner's identity or the dog's name has not yet been released.

Anyone with information on the dog or his owner is asked to call Polk County Sheriff's Office at 863-298-6200.

Last Friday, an EF-2 tornado battered Polk County, knocking down homes, buildings and power lines in the area.

Polk County sent out an alert on Monday that they have plans to clean up debris in the Kathleen area, northwest of Lakeland, until it’s finished.

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“We are asking residents in the area to please move their debris to the roadside,” said Polk County Manager Bill Beasley. “If they can get that material to the road, we will pick it up.”

The county says most debris collection should occur within the next five days, but larger trees and items requiring specialized heavy equipment, could take longer.

If residential tornado debris has not been collected by Friday, October 25, please call the Polk County Roads and Drainage Division at 863-535-2200.

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