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Family dog found weeks after escaping crash

Most stories that involve an SUV as badly damaged as the Dalton family's has a sad ending, but this one is different.

The Dalton family was driving through Corbin on their way home to Ohio when they say the trailer they were hauling went out of control and they flipped. The family, including a 4-year-old and 2-month-old, escaped serious injury, but their black lab, Bear, had run away.

"He jumped from the vehicle out of one of the shattered windows and took off down the interstate. I was terrified that maybe he'd just ran into the woods and he couldn't walk anywhere and nobody could find him," says Shauna Dalton.

But today, this story has a happy ending.

"He's definitely a miracle dog," says Daniel Wallen. His company, Wallens Towing, worked the wreck and also led the search for Bear. He says their phone rang off the hook from people who said they'd spotted him.

"People would say 'I'm sorry to call you,' and I'd say 'Don't be. I'd be angry if you didn't'!" says Wallen.

This morning, all those phone calls paid off as Bear was caught in an improvised trap made out of a kennel with something familiar to him inside.

"Ultimately that's where we found him, laying on his bed," says Wallen. He was happy to make that special phone call shortly before 8:00 this morning.

"I woke them up and said 'You're going to be glad I woke you up!'" says Wallen.

"He was like a kid in a candy store, he was so happy, just jumping around the house. It's a miracle. I would never have thought that the city of Corbin would all pitch together and hunt for our dog for this long," says Dalton.

Daniel Wallen says Bear is welcome to visit his shop anytime he wants. He and the Daltons are now trying to find a way to get Bear home to Ohio.


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