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Owner of lost puppy shares her story

Posted at 11:12 PM, Dec 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-14 00:12:19-05

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A Wisconsin State Trooper used his drone to help find a puppy lost after a crash in Brown County.

The dog's owner, Bridget Jones from Green Bay says she doesn't remember much from the crash.

"I hit my head then I woke up in the snow," she says.

Bridget was driving to work last Friday morning when she swerved to avoid hitting a deer on the busy highway. Her car rolled into a ditch and she was thrown from the vehicle.

In the aftermath of the crash, her three-month-old Australian Shepard puppy, River was nowhere to be found.

"There are so many possibilities that could happen to him. My biggest fear was that he would get hit by a car," Jones adds.

Wisconsin State Trooper, John Jones jumped into action with his drone. After a long search, Jones found River hiding under a pile of snow.

"The dog wasn't hurt. He was cold and wet but for the most part, he was just a scared little pup," says Wisconsin State Patrol Trooper, John Jones.

Trooper Jones quickly snapped a photo of River and sent it to Bridget's family. He then posted the photo to social media.

Less than an hour later River was escorted into Bridget's hospital room.

"He did go to the clinic, Bay East Animal Hospital to make sure that he was OK but up he did come to visit me afterward and he looked so good. Everyone was crying and even the nurses were coming in and going,
'Is this the dog from the news? Is this the dog that was on Facebook?' And he was just so happy to just be found," Bridget Jones says.

Bridget fractured her pelvis in the crash and is still recovering at a local hospital.

River was not injured. He is being cared for by friends and family until Bridget is well enough to return home.
She says saying "thank you" to Trooper John Jones just isn't enough.

"It's crazy that they found him by using the drone and he went above and beyond his duty to find the dog. I want to thank him so much for bringing my dog back to me because I don't know if I could have survived the hospital without him," Bridget adds.

Trooper Jones says the Wisconsin State Patrol has only been using drones for the last 7 months. He says he doesn't typically use drones for finding lost pets but rather used this opportunity as a training mission for the next time he needs to use his drone in an emergency.