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State Patrol trooper helps reunite missing dog and family after massive crash in snowstorm

December 9, 2013

After the chaos of Sunday’s massive crash scene on US 41 at County Q in Menomonee Falls,  a Wisconsin State Patrol trooper eventually was able to help reunite a missing dog with his family.

Trooper Joan German investigated a crash 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 Roskopf’s towing and the staff looked in the car but didn’t see a second dog. She then went back to the scene and looked for the missing dog with no success. She re-contacted the tow company to have another look but the result was the same. 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 was contacted again, and found the dog, still hiding under the airbag. It was scared, but none the worse for the experience. ‘Pugsly’ was happily reunited with his 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.”

For more information, contact:
Sgt. Cedric Rembert
(262) 785-4700,



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