Tuesday, a car crash injured three people near Chehalis and their show dog escaped from the scene with unknown injuries. After over 14 hours volunteers finally found the dog named Steeler on Feb. 20, 2013. Volunteer Cathy Spears said "oh, I just couldn't believe it, I'm thrilled to death." Steeler is a very lucky dog and his owners are very happy.
After the accident Patricia Rodgers was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. When she arrived to the hospital she was in serious condition. Her husband Donald was taken to Centralia Providence Hospital and was released Tuesday. Also in the vehicle was an 18-year-old assistant was also injured.
There were several dogs in the motor home at the time of the accident and most of them made it through the crash unharmed, but Steeler came was missing. Volunteers worked all through the night to find him but there was no sign of him and their hired a rescue team. They gave the team one of Steeler's blankets to help their dogs pick up his scent. After the new search started, Steeler was found in 30 minutes.
He was found curled up in the bushes near the railroad tracks, roughly two miles from the crash site. Cathy said "about 15 minutes of us coaxing the dog, it came to us." The dog was limping and had some cuts from the crash but is otherwise doing well. Cathy said "this dog is going to mean the world to his owner and will help her get better."
Steeler will stay the night at the vet's office for monitoring and is expected to be release today.
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