Dec 042013

By Linda Kor
A beloved pet will return home this week after going missing for four weeks following a Nov. 2 rollover accident on Interstate 40 in Holbrook.
Animal Control Officer Merrill Young and Emergency Medical Technician Rachel Berge asked Holbrook residents to assist in the search for the missing animal that ran away after the accident occurred. The Cocker Spaniel/Maltese mix was spotted several times in the community, but eluded capture until Saturday.
The incident took a personal turn when the woman involved in the accident called Berge, who works for Holbrook EMS and had been a responder to the accident, to inform her that her husband had died from injuries sustained in the accident.
“I remember him vividly, as he reminded me of my dad. He was extremely concerned about the dog, so I promised them both I would do my best to find him,” said Berge.
Berge had photos of the dog sent to her by the woman’s daughter and circulated them on social media sites and in The Tribune-News.
People working at Route 66 Bowling and Pizza spotted the animal Saturday, and contacted Berge and Animal Control. Berge put the owner of the dog on speakerphone, calling out the dog’s name in an attempt to bring the dog close enough for capture. When that failed to work, Officer Young lured the dog into the bowling alley with treats and closed the door behind him.
“This is an extremely emotional and heartwarming story for all of us involved,” stated Berge.
She will be meeting the owner once again this week when she and her family travel to Utah to reunite the woman with her beloved pet.