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WEB EXCLUSIVE: Military dog scares looters away in tornado aftermath

Reid Smith's dog, 'Blesk' helped scare thieves away from his home that was hit by Friday's storms. Reid Smith's dog, 'Blesk' helped scare thieves away from his home that was hit by Friday's storms.

MADISON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - A Madison County man's dog helps scare thieves away from his home that was hit by Friday's storms. 

Homeowner, Reid Smith, was at work when a tornado swept through his home in the Jacobs Landing subdivision on Friday. No one was home except Smith's dog.

"I rushed back home and as soon as I pulled up my main concern was my dog, Blesk," Smith said.

Smith ran inside the house and found Blesk in the laundry room unharmed. The German shepherd instinctively ran into the small room, which serves as a safe room.

Smith's son, drove immediately from the Kings Bay Naval base in Georgia to help his father clean up the damage. Shelby adopted Blesk, which means "lightning" in Czech. He later gifted the canine to his father.

Madison County Sheriff Blake Dorning issued a warning to potential looters on Saturday, saying anyone displaying the intent to steal from damaged property will be arrested.

Smith said his dog started barking when looters approached their home early Saturday morning when the power was out. He said Blesk is a retired trained military dog.

"When he heard it, he walked quietly up to the door and then when he realized somebody was there, he went into his attack mode," Smith said.

Smith, who served the in the U.S. Army for eight years, said it is disheartening to think of anyone trying to steal in the wake of the storm's destruction.

"Anytime there's a disaster scene like this, you have people who come through and they're looking and watching and you always wonder if they're looking to see what happened, or if they're looking for an opportunity," Smith said.

The Smiths are now focusing on rebuilding what was damaged from the storm.

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