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Dog, missing after wreck, reunited with owner

Posted January 9, 2012

— Emily Odom got her dog back. 

Stella, a seven-year-old border collie mix, spent more than 10 days in the elements after she and her owner, Odom, were in a wreck on Interstate 95 Dec. 26.

On Monday, the two were reunited after Stella was spotted outside a Harnett County body shop.

Odom was rear-ended in a traffic jam on I-95 near Dunn, and the impact sent her truck flipping into the opposing lanes. She ended up upside-down, hanging from her seat belt and bleeding from her head.

Stella wasn't hurt, and when rescuers arrived, Odom let her out of the car.

But the frightened dog ran.

Odom, friends and volunteers mounted a campaign to find Stella, posting flyers throughout Harnett and Johnston counties and contacting WRAL News.

The search came to fruition when someone at the body shop recognized Stella and called Odom. When she arrived, the dog ran right into her arms.


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  • SisterChristian Jan 10, 2012

    Thank the Lord! I am so happy Stella was found. I was praying for her and Emily. Yipee!!!!!

  • m121755 Jan 10, 2012

    Good news indeed :) I was hoping that little dog was safe and would get back to the owner somehow.....Thank you to the person that bothered to call when the dog was spotted!!

  • cbarnett Jan 10, 2012

    Happy ending! Thanks for the follow-up

  • brechamplee2 Jan 9, 2012

    And, I mean animal lover in the correct manner. Dogs you walk and play fetch, etc.

  • brechamplee2 Jan 9, 2012

    I'm so glad you got your dog back, and that you let us know. Being an animal lover it broke my heart to hear about it, but all better now.

  • mfarmer1 Jan 9, 2012

    My wife and I have been hoping for the best.

  • If the shoe fits.... Jan 9, 2012

    The dog has been on my mind since I first saw the story. It has been so cold outside. What a good ending to the story. Thanks for the follow-up, WRAL.

  • bubbba Jan 9, 2012

    Yahooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Way to go Stella!

  • MitziGaynor Jan 9, 2012

    Ahhh...Happy News!!!

  • 2BHonest Jan 9, 2012

    Great news! Best wishes for Emily and Stella!