A SURVIVOR of the massive tornado that struck Moore, Oklahoma, on Monday, killing at least 24 people, got a much needed piece of good news when she was unexpectedly reunited with her missing dog during a live interview.

In a mournful interview with CBS News' Anna Werner, Barbara Garcia explained how she survived the tornado, which ripped apart the nearby  Plaza Towers Elementary School, by hiding in her bathroom. "This was the game plan all through the years, to go in that little bathroom," Ms Garcia said of the backup plan.

When Werner asked her what she thought of the devastation, Ms Garcia replied, "This is life in the big city." But just moments afterward, a woman's voice off-camera proclaimed, "The dog, the dog! Hi, puppy!"

As Ms Garcia turned around, the camera panned over to a large piece of metal debris underneath which the grey schnauzer could be seen trying to wriggle free.

"Oh thank God. … Bless your little bitty heart," Ms Garcia said, pulling the dog out from the wreckage and brushing debris off his coat. "I thought God just answered one prayer - to let me be OK - but he answered both of them, because this was my second prayer."

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