Dog missing after I-57 crash found safe

CHARLESTON, Mo. (KFVS) – A dog missing after the major Interstate 57 crash in Mississippi County has been found safe.

Steven Burke told us he caught Bailey on his farm property near the crash site using a kennel and some food.

She’s now at Animal Health Center in Charleston and we are working to get them a contact number for Bailey’s owner.

Bailey belongs to a truck driver injured in the I-57 crash on March 17.
Bailey belongs to a truck driver injured in the I-57 crash on March 17.(Otivisit Fennell)

Bailey belongs to a truck driver injured in the crash.

Bailey had been missing since a major crash on I-57 on Thursday, March 17. Her owner was...
Bailey had been missing since a major crash on I-57 on Thursday, March 17. Her owner was injured in the crash. (Photo courtesy: Otivisit Fennell, office manager at Animal Health Center in Charleston, Mo.)(Otivisit Fennell)

The driver’s family said he’s in the ICU in St. Louis. His two dogs, Bailey and Mickey, were in the truck with him during the crash.

Sadly, his family believes Mickey died.

”It’s just heartbreaking,” Theresa Sanders, who works at Morton Buildings on Outer Road next to I-57.

Sanders’ office look out at the stretch of I-57 where nearly 50 vehicles collided on Thursday, March 17.

Off Outer Road, there’s a field, and folks told Sanders they’ve seen Bailey in the field. Bailey was also seen in a neighborhood across the street from the Charleston Country Club.

“We’ve had several people stop here at the office, and they walk down. We’ve had people calling and saying, ‘have you seen them?’ Just noticed a whole lot of increase in traffic of people coming out just walking, looking for the dogs and calling for them,” she said.

The truck driver’s family said Bailey was wearing a pink collar and harness during the crash and her owner asks about her almost every day. They told us on Monday she’s five years old, brown and can be skittish, even on a good day.

The dog, Bailey, is missing after a massive crash on I-57
The dog, Bailey, is missing after a massive crash on I-57(Angela Hoke/KFVS)

“I’m sure the dog is traumatized,” said Mississippi County Coroner Terry Parker.

Parker spent the last several days working with the families of those lost in the crash. He also time to help look for Bailey.

“She’s a small dog, so when we walk it triggers movement, and it’s rabbits and other little wild creatures that move. So we’ve just got to be patient and remember that a dog in that situation is already scared,” Parker said on Monday.

A dog lover himself, Parker said he would be lost without his rescue dog.

“I can’t imagine for the person in the hospital not knowing where their baby is, fur baby. And I can’t imagine the trauma that the dog must be feeling,” he said.

Parker and Sanders said they were hopeful Bailey would be reunited with her owner.

“I would love to be able to see the owner’s reaction when he knows his dogs have been found,” said Sanders.

Southeast Missouri Pets had also put out a trap to try and catch Bailey.

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