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Pls see her picture at bottom. She still is not found. This is close to Savannah.
Family, animal lovers search for dog missing after fatal wreck
By Jennifer Menster
Created 2008-05-23 23:30

POOLER - Carl McKay says his brother was a hard-working, yet free-spirited man.

His brother loved the simple things in life such as his family and his 3-year-old German shepherd, Bell.

McKay is grieving for his younger brother. Daniel Lee McKay, 49, who was killed May 10 along with his wife, Mary "Sissy" McCarthy McKay, 52, in a single-vehicle wreck on Interstate 95 in Pooler.

Bell was the sole survivor. And now Carl is searching for a wandering, confused pooch.

"Yeah, this definitely would be what (Daniel) wanted," Carl said. "He loved that dog to death."

Bell has been spotted several times in Pooler at exit 104 on I-95. The last sighting occurred about 11 p.m. Thursday near Sam Snead's restaurant. She also has been seen elsewhere - sleeping near the spot in the ditch where the couple crashed, in the woods surrounding Crosswinds Golf Course and out back of Candlewood Suites.

Carl is not alone in his hunt for Bell. Two days after the wreck, Save-a-Life Inc., a nonprofit animal rescue organization in Savannah, got involved. David Bollinger, a 20-year veteran with Save-a-Life, is leading the effort.

Bollinger said he can't speculate how Bell survived the wreck.

The McKays were traveling in their black Chevrolet pickup in the inner lane of the interstate when the vehicle veered, crossed all lanes and overturned on the east shoulder, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

The pickup left the highway and wound up on its side in the ditch. Daniel and Mary McKay were ejected from the vehicle.

Bollinger said Bell walks with a limp and might have other non-visible injuries.

He said the few times he has seen the dog, she has looked ragged and dirty. Bell is wearing a purple collar and dragging a tattered leash.

It's obvious she is not a stray, Bollinger said, but she acts as any lost animal would.

"She's in unfamiliar territory, disoriented and confused," Bollinger said. "She's completely lost. And what's so sad is that none of this is her fault."

Bollinger said he has received cooperation from the hotels along Airways Avenue and Crosswinds Golf Course.

The golf course has posted fliers and photos of the dog around its buildings, said Austin Meadows, assistant golf professional at Crosswinds. Everyone is looking for the German shepherd, Meadows said, but the dog runs off when anyone approaches her, even Carl McKay.

Bollinger said that's most likely because she's so scared.

"Bell is very smart. She knows her name, and her ears perk up when she hears it," Bollinger said. "But when she realizes, 'I don't know you,' she takes off."

Candlewood Suites has a photo of Bell posted at the front desk, a high-traffic area. Desk clerk Justin Maxwell said he saw the dog, as did several hotel guests, in the first week after the wreck but hasn't seen Bell since.

"For that animal to lose everything it knew, it's horrific," Maxwell said. "You wouldn't wish that on anyone - animal or alike."

Bollinger isn't giving up. He hopes by putting out fresh food and water, he'll gain Bell's trust. Bollinger also would like to organize a search party of about 10 to 15 volunteers to try to rescue Bell.

Carl McKay said he wants his late brother's pet to be found, taken care of and sent to a new home. Because of the neighborhood he lives in, Carl said, he would not be able to house the German shepherd.

"(Daniel) was a free-spirited man, so if he would be sure Bell would be all right, he'd be fine with her running free," Carl said. "But right there at the highway, she might get run over.

"I appreciate everyone that's helping to find her. It's surprised me. There are good people out there."
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soooo sad!! I pray they find her and find a new home for her. There are way too many dangers for a dog to be allowed 'free' even with food and water- Hopefully they can find her and get her a new home.

Family, animal lovers search for dog missing after fatal wreck
3-year-old Bell is the sole survivor of a single-vehicle wreck on Interstate 95 in Pooler on May 10. Shel is a black and tan German Shepherd. If you see the dog or can offer assistance, call 598-SPAY (598-7729).
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I tried to contact sav-a-life to see if there have been any more sightings and got no answer. There have been no updates in the newspaper so I guess she has not been found.
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Search continues for German shepherd
By Jennifer Menster
Created 2008-05-29 23:30

POOLER - The sole survivor of a fatal Interstate 95 wreck is still on the run.

Volunteers looking for the German shepherd hope her favorite food lures her: Cheeseburgers.

Three-year-old Bell was in the truck with her owners, Daniel Lee McKay, 49, and Mary "Sissy" McCarthy McKay, 52, the afternoon of May 10 when investigators say Daniel McKay lost control of the vehicle and crashed. The McKays were killed.

Within days of the crash, volunteers, including Savannah animal rescue nonprofit group, Save A Life, Inc., began searching for the dog.

David Bollinger, a 20-year veteran with Save A Life, said the last Bell spotting was Wednesday afternoon when she was seen running along I-95 in Pooler not far from the wreck scene.

Bollinger said the good news is that Bell was seen running, which he says means she's getting healthier. In previous sightings, Bell looked like she was limping.

Bollinger hopes two large donated traps help bring Bell into safe hands. By talking to Daniel McKay's older brother, Bollinger learned Bell enjoyed a lot of table food and her preference was cheeseburgers.
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Great News!
Lost shepherd found safe in Pooler
By Lesley Conn
Created 2008-06-03 23:30

She's a little underweight and has cuts on the pads of her back feet, but at least she's safe.

And after a little more recovery time, Bell the German shepherd will go to one of the several pet lovers already queuing up to adopt her.

The 3-year-old dog had been missing since May 10, when she survived a traffic accident along Interstate 95 in Pooler that killed both of her owners, Daniel Lee McKay, 49, and Mary "Sissy" McCarthy McKay, 52.

Volunteers with Save-a-Life Inc., a nonprofit rescue group in Savannah, picked up Bell at a Pooler home, where she had been for the past 10 days.

"She's doing really well," said Pam Hunt, Save-a-Life's business manager. "When we finally got her she was a little shy for about the first 20 minutes."

Her caretakers hadn't seen newspaper or TV accounts, said Save-a-Life volunteer David Bollinger.

They didn't realize dozens of volunteers had been scouring the woods near Crosswinds Golf Course and setting traps loaded with cheeseburger to try to safely capture the wounded shepherd.

Bollinger almost caught her a few days after the accident, but Bell swam across a small lake and escaped. He knows that dog was Bell because of her distinctive long ears, but also because she was wearing a purple collar and dragging a leash.

The later sightings, made while Bell was safely recovering at the Pooler home, must have been a German shepherd known to roam the area, Bollinger said.

Hunt estimates the limping dog walked about 3 miles to the home where she was eventually found.

And although Hunt provides temporary shelter to about 300 dogs a year in her home, Bell will be one rescue she remembers.

"I think it's one that everyone will remember, first because of the tragedy of the accident and then because of how hard we all searched for her."
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Great News!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for the update
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I got chills reading this. Thanks God she was found alive and well and for all the volunteers who searched tirelessly for her!

Her owners can RIP knowing that Bell is now safe. Wonder how she survived the crash?
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