CHEHALIS, Wash. – Searchers on Wednesday found a show dog named Steeler who had fled after the motorhome he was riding in crashed near Chehalis the day before.
Investigators said the motorhome collided into the back of a semi-truck that was changing lanes on I-5 around 11:30 a.m., near milepost 78. The motorhome was totaled and three people were hurt, but their injuries were not life-threatening, police said.
The driver of the motorhome, Donald Rogers, 66, of Shelton had been transporting show dogs and some of the animals got loose after the crash. All of them were captured by animal control Tuesday night – except Steeler.
People reported seeing the whippet running loose in Chehalis hours after the collision. A search party was organized for Wednesday morning and Steeler was rescued sometime after 2 p.m., according to a Facebook page set up by his owners.
The Facebook post said that Steeler was limping but otherwise appeared to be okay. He was being taken to a veterinarian for analysis. None of the other dogs were injured, police said.
The cause of the collision was still under investigation and possible criminal charges were pending, according to Washington State Patrol.
The semi-truck was damaged, but not totaled.