CALGARY — Another dog has died of injuries suffered in a highway crash Saturday involving 30 recent rescues, but volunteers are almost done rounding up others that ran scared from the scene.
It’s taken two long days of searching and scrambling about the rural area near Olds, Alberta but the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS) and others have located all but one from a group of eight that bolted when their kennels broke open.
Saturday, about 7 a.m., an SUV hauling a horse trailer carrying 30 dogs from California to Edmonton rolled over on Highway 2, not far south of Highway 27.
Two dogs were killed in the impact and 20 were hurt. A third dog died soon after.
A pair of rescuers from a Saskatchewan-based group transporting the animals were taken to hospital with minor injuries and have since been released.
Rescuers managed to quickly get back five of the eight missing dogs.
And later Saturday night, Deanna Thompson of AARCS was driving from Olds back to Calgary with one of the injured dogs, because it was just too badly hurt to be treated in Olds.
“We found out she was bleeding from her kidneys … she was put down on the recommendation of the vet,” Thompson said.
AARCS also received a report one of the loose dogs had been hit by a vehicle on Hwy. 2 when it tried to cross the road, then hobbled off into a field and hasn’t been seen since.
Thompson said the hit dog, a pitbull cross named Donovan, could be badly injured.
Sunday brought better twists to the tale, however, with two more of the missing dogs found.
“It took us a while — he didn’t want to come to us,” Thompson said of one of the rescued animals, a pitbull cross named Picasso.
“Milk bones won his heart.
“He kept running away from us … he was so scared.”
AARCS has taken six of the dogs that weren’t badly hurt in the crash back to Calgary.
RCMP investigated the crash Saturday, with Cpl. Mike Dunsmore saying it seemed driver fatigue was a factor, while alcohol, speed, weather and road condition had all been ruled out.