A dog that bolted from a car accident on the Western Freeway at Wallace has found safe and well this morning – but her owner remains in hospital.
After a cold and hungry night on the run ‘Olly’ turned up at the Bungaree General Store, but friends of the Lara owner – who volunteers at the Ballarat Tramway Museum – had to chase the Maltese-Jack Russell cross for about 2km, picking her up along the Ballarat train line.
The owner’s friends desperately searched for the little dog until dark last night, after a car accident around 5pm.
Friend Gail said she believed exploding airbags caused the dog to bolt.
Olly had been microchipped but had recently chewed off her collar.
“The owner is just a mess - an absolute mess - and missing the dog terribly,” she said earlier today.
“Even though Olly’s been gone for a short time, we’re just begging that someone can pick her up or just find her for us.”
Neville gave the station a call shortly after the story went to air, saying a staffmember at the Bungaree store was a tramways volunteer and recognised the dog straight away.
“She looks uninjured, but she’s probably had a cold night,” Neville said.
“She was initially quite disressed but she’s now looking relaxed.”
Neville and other friends at the museum will look after Olly until her owner is home.