Volunteers find show dog that escaped from crash near Chehalis

Volunteers find show dog that escaped from crash near Chehalis »Play Video
A search volunteer emerges from the brush with missing show dog Steeler.
CHEHALIS, Wash. -- A show dog that escaped Tuesday after a crash that injured three near Chehalis has been found.

More than 14 hours after volunteers began searching for Steeler, they finally got reassurance he was OK.

"Oh, I just couldn't believe it," said volunteer Cathy Spears. "I'm thrilled to death."

Steeler escaped Tuesday after a crash on I-5. His owners were driving home from a dog show in California when their mobile home was struck by a semi-truck that was attempting to change lanes.

Patricia Rodgers was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where she was in serious condition. Her husband Donald was taken to Centralia Providence Hospital, but was released later on Tuesday. An 18-year-old assistant was also hurt.

Several dogs were inside the motor home during the crash. Most made it through the violent incident unharmed, but Steeler came up missing.

Volunteers worked through the night to find him but no luck, so they hired a search and rescue team.

Volunteers gave the team one of Steeler's blankets to pick up his scent, and once the search began, they found Steeler in 30 minutes.

Steeler was curled up in bushes along a set of railroad tracks, about two miles from the crash scene.

"About 15 minutes of us coaxing the dog, it came to us," Spears said.

Steeler was limping and had cuts but otherwise doing well. Volunteers called to let his owner know he was found.

"This dog is going to mean the world to his owner and will help her get better," Spears said.

Steeler will stay at the vet's office Wednesday night for monitoring.