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Florida Family Reunited With Dog, Days After Fatal Car Crash

By Kimberly Porter    January 04, 2012 at 04:31PM / (2) comments

A Florida family of four was driving home from vacation on Christmas Eve when another vehicle veered into their lane and sideswiped the family’s Hyundai SUV. Their vehicle careened into the median and flipped before hitting a tree.

Chris Gross was killed in the accident. Her son Jeffrey escaped with minor scrapes and bruises, along with Chris’ longtime companion Steven Hausman and his daughter Elyssa.

What they couldn’t find after the accident was their 11-year-old black Labrador named Tasha. She had been in the back of the car with the luggage.

With no sign of the dog around the accident site, the family was taken to the hospital and then returned home to Weston, Fla. the following day.

Elyssa called the nearby animal shelters, the Volusia County pound, state highway officials, and even the company that mows the median along Interstate 95.

She had no luck. After six days they had all but given up hope of finding Tasha when a call came in from animal control in Volusia County. Tasha had been found wandering near the crash site, hungry, thirsty and covered in ticks.

After receiving 32 stitches to a seven-inch gash on her neck, Tasha was driven home to her family that night by a veterinary technician.

"It was like bringing home a piece of my mom when we found her," said Amanda Gross, who returned home from college after receiving the news about her mother. "I have no idea how she survived the crash. We believe my mom wanted to give us back the dog so we could have some kind of joy while we are grieving."


Image: Anatema / via Shutterstock

Source: Miami Herald

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  • Happy/Sad Story
    01/05/2012 03:55am

    While it's terribly sad that the family lost Chris, it's impressive how the family went about trying to find Tasha. It wouldn't have occurred to many people to call the company that mows the median or state highway officials.

    It sounds like everyone went the extra mile when Tasha was found. Animal Control recognized Tasha (hopefully Tasha had tags and/or a microchip) and made the phone call. Tasha got veterinary care and a technician really went the extra mile to take Tasha home.

    I wonder what would have been the outcome if Tasha had been in a doggie seat belt instead of being loose in the back of the car.

  • Sad Story
    01/10/2012 10:44am

    With a wonderful ending, May The Lord Bless this Family, Keep them safe in his Love.....AMEN

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