After dark, teams comb tornado ruins for lost pets

By JAY REEVES | May 13, 2011 | 12:44 PM EDT

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Teams from the Humane Society of the United States are still searching for stray animals and lost pets amid the rubble left by last month's killer tornadoes.

More than 350 dogs, cats, birds, snakes, lizards and even a tarantula already have been found in the shattered neighborhoods of Tuscaloosa. The local animal shelter is so full it had to erect tents for additional space.

Still, though, there's life hidden in the wreckage. Once the sun sets and the rumble of heavy machinery dies down, lost pets and strays begin peeking out of their hiding spots in search of food.

Humane workers are setting boxlike traps every night to catch animals. They're also taking in pets whose owners can no longer care for them.

They say the search is winding down but will continue at least through the weekend.