Dog that survived wreck that killed owner is rescued

Jul. 11, 2013 @ 04:45 PM

Star, a Miniature Pinscher who belonged to Martha Jane Evans, was found Wednesday and reunited with family on Thursday. 

Evans, 61, died Monday night after a collision involving her tractor trailer. Star was in the vehicle at the time of the collision and ran from the scene before responders could catch him. 

Star was a constant companion for Evans and family members described the dog as being like her child. 

Firemen, police officers, animal control officers and residents spent most of Monday and Tuesday searching the area for the dog. Captain Beth Greene and Animal Control Officer Tim Griffin eventually set up a trap for the dog near the scene of the accident.

“One of the firemen went by and checked the trap and the dog was in the trap,” Greene said. 

Greene said the firefighters were searching “relentlessly” and said that Firefighter James Massey in particular dedicated time to finding the dog. 

“This dog meant to much to (Evans) that we wanted to make sure they were reunited,” Greene said. “That dog was part of the family to these people and they’ve lost a family member.”

Greene added they would have lost two if they had lost the dog as well. 

Sam Dancer, Evans’ grandson, was grateful to hear the news. He said they were not sure yet who would take the dog in, but thought it might be his mom. 

“It feels good because it was really important to us,” Dancer said. 

He said Star was a big part of Evans’ life. 

“It’s a part of her that’s still here that we can still hold on to,” he said. 

Dancer said they were grateful to the community and the rescue workers who searched for the dog. 

“We really appreciate it,” he said. “A lot of people would have said it’s just another animal...it’s a part of our family and we really appreciate everyone’s efforts.”

He thanked everyone for the hours put into finding Star and the work people did in recovering him. 

Evans, a Wendell resident, had been driving trucks for about ten years and owned her own business, Evans Express.