MORGAN COUNTY, Georgia -- A Georgia State Patrol Trooper reunited a lost dog with its owner over the weekend following a crash on Friday.
Troopers from Post 8-Madison and Troop E Command responded to a multi-vehicle crash on I-20 in Morgan County on Jan. 3, according to a news release.
During the aftermath of the crash in heavy rain conditions, the pet dog of one of the occupants involved in the crash escaped from the family’s vehicle. The owners, who were from North Carolina, had limited resources to look for the dog after the crash.
After searching the surrounding areas for the dog named "Pretty Girl," troopers were unable to find her. Trooper Clark continued to be worried for the dog’s well-being so he again searched the area that evening and throughout the next day.
Using his contacts in the area and through social media, the trooper was able to locate the dog at a nearby church. Clark met with a worker from the church and was able to take possession of Pretty Girl Saturday evening.
He called the family and they were thrilled that the dog had been located. Clark kept "Pretty Girl" at his house Saturday night until the owner’s mother could drive from Alabama to pick her up to be reunited with her family in North Carolina.
"A Tip of the Trooper Hat goes to TFC2 Clark for his compassion and diligence in reuniting 'Pretty Girl' with her family," Georgia State Patrol officials said in a statement.