(FAMILY REUNITED WITH DOG) MICHIGAN — A year after a car crash that tragically killed a father and daughter, the surviving Benson family has finally been given some good news with the return of their beloved dog, Caesar. The Bensons were on Interstate 40 in New Mexico when their car overturned, killing Gary and Emily Benson, and injuring now 18-year-old Benjamin. After the crash, Caesar was nowhere to be found. But now, after a year of grieving, the Benson family has something to smile about. Read on for more of this touching story. — Global Animal
MSN Today, Associated Press
A Maltese dog named Caesar who disappeared more than a year ago after a car crash that killed two members of his human family in eastern New Mexico is on his way home to Michigan.
The Quay County Sun reported Wednesday that Caesar was found by a volunteer looking for adoptable dogs at a shelter in Tucumcari. She was able to track down his owner, Monica Benson, after Caesar was scanned for a microchip.
Benson, who lost her husband and a daughter in the accident, said her four surviving children are very excited and have made “welcome home” posters for Caesar.
Caesar left Tucumcari this week for Clio, Mich.
The Benson family was traveling westbound on Interstate 40 near Tucumcari on June 15, 2010, when their 2001 Chevrolet minivan overturned.
Gary and Emily Benson died from injuries in the accident. One of the other children, then-18-month-old Benjamin, was placed in an intensive care unit.
“While Benjamin was in the ICU, we placed picture of him and Caesar on the walls,” Monica Benson told the newspaper.
Benson said the family returned to the accident and tried to find Caesar.
“It has been so hard,” Monica Benson said. “There are pictures all over the house, and Benjamin would point at them and ask, ‘Where’s Caesar?'”
Mike Martinez, animal control supervisor for Tucumcari, said a family dropped off Caesar on Thursday, saying they were moving and could no longer care for him.
Christina Flemming, a member of the Tucumcari Animal Rescue Group, found Caesar at the Tucumcari animal shelter on Friday.
After his chip was scanned, she said she called the number attached to the chip to find it had been disconnected. But she told the newspaper something didn’t seem right, so she went online to try and find the family and found an article about the accident.
“I found the obituary and contacted the funeral home in Michigan,” Flemming said. “A woman named Rhonda helped me to get in contact with Caesar’s owners.”