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July 3, 2014

Search under way for dogs missing after car crash

A search is under way for two dogs who ran away following a June 29 car crash around mile marker 299 on Interstate 65.

Nashville, Tennessee natives Seth and Olivia Hatfield and their two dogs were travelling through Cullman when their 2004 Honda was involved in an accident with a 2007 Peterbilt.

Seth was treated and released shortly after the accident, though Olivia is still in the hospital from injuries sustained in the crash.

When the accident occurred, their two dogs ran away from the scene and have yet to be found. A search is now underway for their Weimaraner Mollie and a smaller, mixed breed dog Claire. Both dogs have tags, and Mollie is equipped with an identification chip.

“After the wreck the dogs just ran in opposite directions,” said Annette Sesma, a volunteer who is helping coordinate the search. “We’ve had sightings of Claire near mile marker 301, but haven’t seen Mollie. She was on the side that was hit, so we think she may be injured.”

Local groups such as the Cullman County Emergency Management Agency and Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce have also pitched in to raise awareness of the search for Mollie and Claire.

Anyone with information about the dogs is encouraged to call 256-507-1868.

Trent Moore can be reached by e-mail at trentm@cullmantimes.com, or by telephone at 734-2131, ext. 134.

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