SC couple searching for dog lost in wreck on I-81

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ROCKBRIDGE CO., Va. (WDBJ7) “I woke up," Stefanie Botha remembers, "And I think we were rolling.”

She was asleep in the backseat when the wreck happened.

“And I knew that something had happened to my arm, and I just didn’t know what, and at that point I didn’t really care. I just cared about the dog," Stefanie said.

She and her husband, Shaun, were driving home to South Carolina from a family Easter in Connecticut. On Monday morning, they found themselves in the median of I-81, just south of Natural Bridge. Their three dogs were riding with them. One landed with Stefanie in the SUV’s back area.

“Somebody pointed across the interstate, and our puppy was across the interstate," Stephanie said. "And Axle was nowhere to be found.”

After treatment, Stefanie and Shaun stayed in the area looking for Axle, their American Bull Dog, with no luck.

“Unfortunately," Stefanie said. "We have to return home. He’s got to return to work, and, you know …”

They’ve put up posters around the area, and a local vet clinic put it on their Facebook page, leading to over 1,500 shares. And an army of new friends are watching for him.

“We have no way to thank each person individually, but we’re so grateful that all these people have reached out to help us," Stephanie said, as tears welled up in her eyes. "And to find Axle; he’s our biggest concern right now. I mean, wounds will heal, but we really need Axle to come home.”

They don’t think he could have gone far, especially as he’s a skittish dog. Stefanie says, if you see him, he’ll just run away of you try to catch him. Instead, you should call animal control if you see Axle.