State Trooper helps reunite dog with family after massive crash on 41/45 Sunday

GERMANTOWN (WITI) -- FOX6 News has learned the Wisconsin State Patrol helped to reunited a missing dog with its family -- following a massive crash Sunday on U.S. 41/45 SB.

Trooper Joan German investigated a crash on U.S. 41 at County Q in Menomonee Falls in which a driver was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The trooper took possession of the driver’s dog and secured it at the Germantown Police Department. She then contacted the victim’s son to tell him where to pick up the dog.

“Dogs, you mean,” said the owner’s son. “My dad had two dogs in the car.”

Trooper German contacted the tow company staff, and they looked in the car but didn’t see a second dog.

She contacted the son again.

He told her that the last time his dad saw the dog, a 15-year-old pug, it had been on the right front floor, peeking out from beneath the deployed airbag.

The tow company checked a second time, and found the dog still hiding under the airbag. It was scared but none the worse for the experience. The dog was happily reunited with its family.

“It was breaking my heart thinking that this dog was missing,” said Trooper German. “He probably would not have survived the night in the car. It was a tremendous relief.”