The Cepoi family lost their dog in a terrible vehicle accident that also killed a child in the other car involved. Cristina Cepoi and her two daughters were hurt in the collision, but that wasn’t their only concern. Toby, their Shih Tzu puppy, fled in fear during the vehicle collision. They were concerned that he wouldn’t be able to survive on his own.
Toby was found six days later owing to a loving group of dog lovers. The entire family is still in shock due to the terrifying incident, but they are grateful to be back together.
Cristina Cepoi was a passenger in a car driven by Lurie Baza in Maple Valley, Washington, near Moses Lake. Cepoi’s two children, ages four and six, were in the back seat of the vehicle. The accident occurred unexpectedly, causing the car to roll over five times.
Almost everyone involved was seriously injured, but the only fatality was a two-year-old girl in the other car. Earlier that day, a 74-year-old man was killed in another deadly crash in the exact location.
Toby, the puppy, jumped out of the car during the chaos and fled away in fear. His family was terrified, knowing that he had a slim chance of survival. The intense heat is especially hazardous for flat-faced breeds, and the area is rife with snakes and coyotes.
Fortunately, many other dog lovers were willing to assist. Amid the tragedy, Lost & Found Pets of Grant County stepped in to help the family in their search for their lost dog.
The family set up a trap to help catch Toby, who was undoubtedly highly apprehensive. They placed Toby’s blanket, some dog treats, canned dog food, and the daughter’s sock in the trap to entice the dog.
Toby was caught in the trap after around six days of searching. The family couldn’t believe their dog had returned home after such a long absence. Toby is relieved to be home. It will take a long time for the family to heal from such a terrifying circumstance, but they are fortunate to have each other for support.
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