Dog missing since deadly crash recovered

April 17, 2009 at 2:52 PM

CONCORD, Calif., April 17 (UPI) -- A dog that disappeared following a deadly car crash in Concord, Calif., has been found and will be reunited with its injured owner, the victim's aunt says.

Denise Bezerra, whose nieces Dominique and Britney Cushman were involved in the Interstate 5 crash, said Britney's 2-year-old Chihuahua, Coco, has been found after being missing for several days, the Contra Costa Times said Friday.

Bezerra said the recovery of the dog, one of five canines traveling with the sisters during Monday's crash, was a "bright spot" in the tragedy that claimed Dominique's life.

"It's a little burst of light from God," Bezerra said. "We're dealing with so much grief so this is a bright spot."

Dominique and Britney, ages 18 and 20 respectively, were traveling in a sport utility vehicle with their canine companions when the vehicle flipped over for unspecified reasons.

The Times said Coco fled the scene of the crash, which also claimed the life of one of the other dogs. The condition of the remaining three dogs was not reported.

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