Family dog, Thor, back at home 3 weeks after crash
Nearly three weeks after a St. Helens family lost their dog after a two-vehicle crash on Highway 30 at the intersection with Neer City Road, the pet has been found and returned home.
On Tuesday, April 24, the Justis family from St. Helens announced someone in Rainier spotted their German Shepherd, Thor, and reported the sighting to law enforcement. The dog was returned to its owners.
Thor had been missing for 17 days and lost nearly 24 pounds. He suffered an injury to his left front leg that was likely from a harness wrapped around his leg, explained his owner, Kristin Justis.
The Justis family is still recovering from the April 7 crash that sent four people to the hospital, and had requested assistance from friends, family, neighbors, law enforcement and even strangers to help locate the dog following the crash.
The story garnered significant attention through social media posts. Some people reported early sightings of Thor, while other helped repost news and photos that the dog was still missing or assisted in search efforts.
"There was so many out looking that I don't know all of them," Kristin Justis noted Wednesday in a message to the Spotlight. "We have a tremendous amount of gratitude to the whole community."
Thor will require ongoing visits to a veterinarian to treat his leg injury, but is able to recover at home with the family, she said. The family has two other dogs, Riley and Lila, who were also in the car at the time of the crash. Lila suffered a spinal cord injury.
"Riley and Lila are as happy as we are to have their brother home," Kristin Justis said.