Carolina Veterinary Assistance & Adoption Group's van wrecked Monday, June 3, while driving back from an adoption event in Durham. Courtesy CVAAG.
Morton, NC -- Both Alamance County Animal Control and an animal rescue group from Reidsville are looking for a missing dog that escaped following a wreck in Morton Monday evening.
Herb Moniz, owner of Carolina Veterinary Assistance & Adoption Group (CVAAG), said two of his volunteer workers were returning from an animal adoption event in Durham when their van went off to the side of NC 87 at Gilliam Church Road and crashed into a pole.
Their van, recently donated by the Hayley Graves Foundation, was destroyed. The driver's and passenger's airbags were deployed.
Several animals in crates were in the back of the van; one of the wire kennels which held a 3- to 4-year-old pitbull-mix was mangled. When the driver went to the back of the van to check on the animals, she saw the pitbull-mix was free. She attempted to control the dog by grabbing its collar, but was bitten before the dog ran away and has been on the loose since then.
Moniz says the pitbull-mix, named Rock, is somewhat gold and is a "sweetheart, quiet dog." Rock came to the shelter because his family fell on hard times and couldn't take care of him anymore.
Sgt. Williams with Alamance County Animal Control said the dog was sighted Wednesday morning in the area of the accident. Moniz and animal control are setting traps to catch Rock. They believe he is scared and plan to tranquilize him if necessary.
Rock is current on all of his shots and vaccinations.
CVAAG was founded in April 2008 by Moniz. He says the organization helped more than 1,200 animals in 2012.
WFMY News 2 will keep you updated on Rock's status.
Note: WFMY News 2 was originally told the wreck was in Graham, however, the location was in Morton, NC.