SANTA FE (KRQE) – Her puppy ran off when she got into a wicked car crash.
Now, Susan Burns and her husband, John Neiman, are offering a big reward to find the little guy who is not exactly built for survival in the wild.
The family is offering a $2,000 reward for their 5-month-old puppy, Valentino.
Valentino stole everyone’s heart when he came into the family with their two other West Highland Terriers on Valentine’s Day this year.
“He is the nicest thing that has maybe ever happened to me,” Neiman said. “He was given to me on Valentine’s Day, and it was a complete surprise.”
But as quickly as he came, he has now disappeared.
Burns had the three dogs in her SUV on Tuesday as she drove north on Highway 41 between Moriarty and Santa Fe. She lost control and swerved across the highway, rolling over into this fence.
“It rolled twice and landed back on the wheels,” Neiman said. “Somehow she got herself out of there. That door opened and she got herself out of there and kind of stumbled back toward the road and sat down on the ground.”
The car was totaled.
Burns broke a collar bone and a foot, but all she was worried about were her dogs that went missing.
“That for me was almost a death sentence for those dogs unless they were found really soon, because there’s a lot of coyotes out there,” Neiman said.
A friend rounded up the other two dogs, Wagner and Bunker, the next morning.
Neiman believes someone picked up his Valentine’s Day surprise, Valentino, as the pup ran along Highway 41.
Neiman spent all afternoon putting up flyers and signs, offering a $2,000 reward to bring this puppy home.
“No one’s ever given me something so special,” Neiman said. “I just want him back.”
Neiman said Valentino is microchipped, so he would be easy to identify if he is found.
Burns is back home from the hospital, recovering from the broken bones and lots of bruises.