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Raleigh woman searches for lost dog after wreck

Posted January 2, 2012

— Volunteers continued to search Monday for a dog that went missing after a wreck on Interstate 95 a week ago.

Emily Odom was driving home to Raleigh on Dec. 26 when she was rear-ended in a traffic jam on I-95 near Dunn. The impact sent her truck into the opposing lanes, and it rolled over several times.

Odom ended up upside-down, hanging from her seat belt and bleeding from her head. Her constant companion, a seven-year-old border collie mix named Stella, was next to her and seemed to be uninjured.

"I saw people coming, running over to help me, and I grabbed her and said, 'Just take her. Get her out of the car,'" Odom said Monday. "If I would have known she would have bolted like that, I would have not done that."

"I think she felt like she was in danger, and so she did the best thing she could do, which was take off."

Stella is black and white and about 30 pounds and has a red collar with no tags. The dog also answers to Odom's nickname for her – Rufus.

Stella, missing border collie Dog goes missing after I-95 wreck

Volunteers are helping to spread flyers in Harnett and Johnston Counties. Odom said she's had a few calls about possible sightings, but none have panned out.

All she has left is Stella's favorite toy, a lot of photographs and hope.

"I have hope that she's just hunkered down somewhere. She's been an inside dog her whole life, so she probably has no earthly idea what to do or what's going on," she said. "She's my best friend, and I would really like to have her back."

Anyone with information about the dog is asked to email Odom at findstellanc@gmail.com.


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  • wcampbell5794 Jan 3, 2012

    I will be searching tomorrow if anyone wants to join me. I will be the area of 864 Ammons Rd and also MA road where she has been spotted. I will be driving a 2010 F-150 Harley with retired Army plates. I will be there around noon.

  • dogwonder Jan 3, 2012

    It's not too late to hire a pet detective (tracker).
    Would not recommend leaving article of clothing , etc. Bad idea to attract pet to busy road.

  • SisterChristian Jan 3, 2012

    I just set up a facebook page please join and spread the news to help bring this baby home. The facebook page is MISSING DOG STELLA.

  • avnvideo Jan 3, 2012

    so sad,guess we do not think about our animals being not in a cage when travelling

  • wcampbell5794 Jan 3, 2012

    The dog was last seen at 864 Ammons Rd.......Recently

  • anne53ozzy Jan 3, 2012

    Prayers for her and her lost pet. I know how much these little fur ones mean to us. hope if she was found people know she is loved and wanted...thank you wral

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  • m121755 Jan 3, 2012

    I hope and pray that they are reunited, they are family. I would miss my dogs terribly if this would ever happen to me. I have hope, dogs can sometimes do amazing things to get back home!

  • dae66 Jan 3, 2012

    This is so sad. I hope this dog is found and returned to her owner!

  • mchljam2 Jan 3, 2012

    Prayers for Stellas quick safe return to her mom!!