TOPEKA, Kansas- CJ Online says Molly, a white Yorkipoo puppy who went missing amid freezing temperatures after her owner, Harold E. Poertner, was killed in a traffic accident Friday just south of Topeka, was found alive Saturday.


Stephanie Avila

Stephanie Avila, manager of New Leash on Life Lost Pet Tracking and Recovery, placed a video on her Facebook page Saturday showing how she and a grandson of Poertner’s recovered Molly — who apparently had become stuck in a wooded area — near US-75 highway south of Topeka.

The Yorkipoo apparently left the scene after being a passenger during the crash of a pickup truck driven by Poertner, 73, of Osage City, just before 1 p.m. Friday in a one-vehicle accident on US-75, about a half-mile north of S.W. 57th, the report explained.

Members of Poertner’s family searched the area afterward for Molly, an 8-month-old who normally stays inside.

The National Weather Service reported Topeka temperatures, which were in the lower 30s at the time of the crash, fell to the single digits Saturday morning as the wind child index dropped below zero.

Avila told on her Facebook page of how she used a bloodhound Saturday to locate Molly.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reported the crash occurred as Poertner was driving northbound on US-75 and the truck left the roadway for an unknown reason, entering the east ditch.

Poertner swerved in an effort to re-enter the roadway, overcorrecting and causing the truck to spin in a counter-clockwise rotation, the Highway Patrol said.

Troopers say the truck then slid sideways across the northbound lanes, entered the center media, overturned several times and came to rest in the west ditch of the southbound lanes, ejecting Poertner as it was rolling. Poertner wasn’t wearing a seat belt.

US-75 is four lanes-wide in the area where the crash occurred.

See the complete report here