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Truro woman thrilled to have Neila back home af­ter car ac­ci­dent

Truro Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - By Adam Macin­nis

A Truro woman who lost her dog af­ter a mo­tor ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dent in Pic­tou County is thrilled to be re­united with her pooch.

Ash­ley Fen­nell stood on the bank next to the Trans Canada High­way in Pic­tou County Thurs­day around noon and called des­per­ately into the woods for her dog: “Neila!”

Af­ter a hor­rific 24 hours, the Truro woman wanted noth­ing more than to hold her pet.

Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon she had been be­hind the wheel at the same lo­ca­tion when she hit gravel and lost con­trol of her car and went crash­ing into the me­dian.

While she man­aged to es­cape with­out se­ri­ous in­juries, her boyfriend frac­tured his neck, broke his nose and some ribs in the crash, she said. Pep­per, one of the two dogs that was trav­el­ling with her, broke its spine.

“They said her spine was com­pletely bro­ken. I asked ‘How much money will it take to fix


They said: “We can’t fix it. It doesn’t mat­ter how much


So Fen­nell went home that night with one dog in a box and cried think­ing about Neila, Pep­per’s son who was thrown from the ve­hi­cle, lost and scared.

Ge­orge Murray was driv­ing through the area Thurs­day morn­ing when he spot­ted the dog. He pulled over and tried to help find it for the next six hours. Soon, oth­ers joined to help.

Fen­nell showed up as soon as she could get a ride and put out food in hopes that Neila might show up.

Af­ter hol­ler­ing for a while she went to the car and was about to have a cig­a­rette when she spot­ted him, run­ning to­wards the high­way. Un­aware that she was there, Neila was headed to­wards the high­way. Fen­nell said she was ter­ri­fied that he might get hit.

“I yelled at him and he ran up the hill again,” she said. “As soon as he re­al­ized it was me he came run­ning over.”

She said she couldn’t be hap­pier to have him back.

As bad a day as she had be­fore, she said she was re­lieved to have the dog back.

“I couldn’t be hap­pier,” she said.

ADaM MaCiN­Nis/THe News

Ash­ley Fen­nell was desperate to find her dog, who had gone miss­ing af­ter her car crashed on Wed­nes­day.


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