A Maltese dog named Caesar, who disappeared more than a year after a fatal car crash in New Mexico, has been returned to the surviving family members in Michigan.
Last June, a horrific car accident killed Gary Benson and his daughter, Emily, when their Chevrolet minivan overturned, leaving wife Monica and their remaining four children amongst the survivors.
After the crash, Monica and her four surviving children searched unsuccessfully for the family pet, but to no avail.
But thanks to a volunteer at an animal shelter in Tucumcari, New Mexico and a microchip, Caesar and his family was brought back together.
Christina Flemming, a member of the Tucumcari Animal Rescue Group, found Caesar at the Tucumcari animal shelter several weeks ago.
After his chip was scanned, she said she called the number attached to the chip to find it had been disconnected. Flemming said something didn’t seem right about it, so she went online to try and find the family and found an article about the accident.
“I found the obituary and contacted the funeral home in Michigan. A woman named Rhonda helped me to get in contact with Caesar’s owners,” Flemming said.
Meanwhile, Ms. Benson sadly reveals that the accident occurred when Caesar was at her feet “and I was trying to maneuver him away. When I looked up, we were veering off the road, and I just lost control of the car at that point.”
Following the crash, then-18-month-old Benjamin, was placed in an intensive care unit and while he was recovering, he kept asking where his dog was.
‘While Benjamin was in the ICU, we placed a picture of him and Caesar on the walls.”
“It has been so hard. There are pictures all over the house, and Benjamin would point at them and ask, ‘Where’s Caesar?,” said Ms Benson.
Having received the call she never imagined, Monica was unable to contain her excitement prior to her long-awaited reunion with the family pooch.
She added: “I was running the other night, and I was thinking to myself I’ll be running with my dog.”
“When he didn’t come back with us, it was devastating for everyone because he was more than just a dog, he was part of our family.”