19-year-old woman killed in a car crash Police officer drives her dog 770 miles back home after accident

“We felt we needed to find the dog. We were going to do whatever we needed to do to reunite this dog with this family.” Dothan Police Department Sgt. Whaley investigating officer of fatal motor vehicle accident.

On March 19, 2016 McKenzie Amanda Grace Catron, a University of Arkansas student, was killed in a crash in Dothan, Alabama, while on a spring break trip last weekend. In the vehicle traveling with her was her friend Jessica and beloved dog Kai.

McKenzie sadly died from her injuries and Jessica is suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury, along with a broken Back and Pelvis. The dog, frightened from the accident ran.

The community rallied, Police officers, firemen and, eventually, hundreds of local volunteers combed the area looking for Kai, Catron’s pit bull in order to reunite the animal with McKenzie’s family. One of those touched by Kai’s story was Lori Woodham, who helped spread the word on social media. Her push started the “Help Find Kai” Facebook page.

In short order the animal was found by volunteers who had mobilized using social media to track and locate the dog. After Kai was located unharmed, Kai was taken to an area vet to be checked out. Other than fatigue and being dehydrated, Kai was given a clean bill of health.

Sgt. Whaley and his wife Ashley took up the task of driving 12 hours to reunite Kai with her family. “I felt that God impressing on me that we needed to make this trip,” said Sgt. Whaley of the Dothan Police Department.

The family posted words of thanks for the return of Kai stating:

To the town of Dothan, the Fire department, and the Police department,

The parents, sisters, and family of Mckenzie Catron want to express how thankful we are for everything you have done and all of your support during this tragic time. Kenzie was loved by many and she will be missed very much. We can’t express in words how much you have helped the healing process. It’s nice to know there are such good people in this world.
Although we haven’t been able to reply to each individual we are still thankful for your thoughts and prayers.
Thank you

 

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