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Dog Lost Following Late February Traffic Crash east of The Dalles to be Reunited with Owner
03/18/2008
Sergeant Julie Wilcox
Oregon State Police - The Dalles
Office: (541) 296-9646

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A dog lost since late February after it ran from a traffic crash scene east of The Dalles was found last weekend and will be reunited today with its owner in Albany.
 
On February 29, 2008, a single vehicle crash occurred on Interstate 84 eastbound three miles east of The Dalles involving Katherine Budlong from Albany.  During the rollover crash, two adult pit bulls were ejected and one 4-year old female named "Roxy" was killed.  A two-year old male named "Chopper" ran from the crash scene and could not be found.  Ms. Budlong was treated and released for minor injuries.
 
On March 6, 2008 citizens reported they had observed a male pit bull in the vicinity of the crash site. An Oregon State Police trooper found the dog but could not coax it to him, tracking it for over an hour before losing sight of the dog.
 
Last weekend, a rural resident of The Dalles observed the dog on her property approximately four miles from the area of the crash.  She placed food and a dog bed in her barn for the animal.
 
On Monday, Wasco County Animal Control Officer Brad Heinige was able to capture "Chopper". The dog was described as emaciated, with multiple contusions and a bad leg, but is expected to fully recover.  Ms. Budlong's father came to The Dalles and picked up the dog.
 
"Chopper" will be reunited with Katherine today.