A New Jersey woman who lost her dog in a Missouri wreck is getting the animal back, thanks to the kindness of strangers.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that 57-year-old Mary Ellen Frazier was involved in an accident on Interstate 70 in St. Charles County on Sept. 9. She was in the process of moving to New Jersey from Alabama.
Frazier's Honda CRV swerved out of her lane and clipped the back of a truck before leaving the highway and overturning five times, according to the newspaper.
Frazier spent days in a hospital, then stayed in a hotel. Her biggest concern was that her 6-year-old golden retriever, Bailey, ran off after the wreck.
"People who don’t have a pet might not understand, but Bailey is my baby," she told the newspaper. "I love him dearly, and he loves me."
Last Friday, Cindy Kielty of St. Charles met Frazier, who told her about the dog. Kielty's husband, a former St. Charles City Council member, contacted St. Peters Mayor Len Pagano. Frazier learned Monday that St. Peters Animal Control officers found Bailey.
"The mayor basically put out an APB on that dog," Ken Kielty told the newspaper.
The dog was found mostly unharmed, except for the pads on his feet, which were covered with abrasions, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
"He apparently had been running up and down the highway (looking for Frazier)," animal control officer Carol Schult told the newspaper.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.