TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Residents in Lee County were quick to help find a dog that went missing after she and her owner were in a wreck along Interstate 22 in Tupelo on Monday.
"She jumped out and ran away," Joel Reagan said.
Reagan has been traveling from Denver, Colorado, to move to Tampa, Florida, to be closer to family and for a new start. However, there was a set back when passing through Tupelo.
"There was some traffic and construction signs, and traffic was slowing down," Reagan said. "The next thing we know, someone came from behind at a high rate of speed and crashed into us."
That is when his dog, Maka, was able to jump out of the car and ran away, but help quickly arrived for Reagan and to search for Maka.
"People just jumped into action from Tupelo," Reagan said. "Right when the accident happened, they were rushing to make sure we were OK."
On social media, the search for Maka went viral. People shared her pictures, posted sightings of her running along Interstate 22 and took it upon themselves to go out and search for her.
Maka was found Tuesday morning along a county road between Veterans Boulevard and Eason Boulevard and will be reunited with Reagan soon.
"I would also like to give a shout out to your community," Reagan said in a statement to WTVA 9 News. "I have never experienced the hospitality we received; from the police, firemen and citizens that helped us. We had a lady drive us to a hotel and made sure we received a discount.
She waited to drive us to the rental car and drove me around the surrounding neighborhoods to see if we could find Maka. The hotel staff took my number and her picture and looked for her after they got off work."