According to Wednesday's publication of the Tampa Tribune, a beagle mix who survived a devastating car accident on Interstate 75 in Pasco County, Fla., found a helpful friend in an off-duty detective who helped reunite the dog with her guardian's family.
The dog, named "Gooseberry," somehow made her way from the crash scene, to the yard of David Boyer, a veteran detective with the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office Missing Persons Unit.
Boyer tried to phone the number of Gooseberry's identification tag, but the call rang through to voice mail, so he went a step further to find the dog's rightful guardian.
Detective Boyer accessed his law enforcement database and was able to track down Connie Deane, the mother of Gooseberry's guardian, Jeff.
Deane told the detective that her son had just been involved in a serious car accident.
Jeff Deane suffered multiple, serious injuries when his SUV flipped several times; he was taken by helicopter to a hospital where he remains in intensive care.
Detective Boyer did more than locate the dog's rightful family, but he is caring for her until they are able to take her back home.
Jeff's mother, Connie, expressed her gratitude to the Tampa Tribune:
One of my son’s biggest concerns is the dog. He just got the dog in July and he’s just crazy about her,”
I’m just thankful that Dave and his family have her and are taking such good care of her.
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