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Basset Hound Missing After NJ Crash Found Safe

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PATERSON, N.J. (1010 WINS/AP) — A desperate search for a dog that escaped during a crash on Interstate 80 in Paterson Sunday has ended after officials found the basset hound safe Thursday.

20-year-old crash victim, John Everhart of Bethesda, Md. was driving his SUV when police say it overturned on the highway.

Everhart had adopted the 40-pound dog named “Bodhi” about a year ago.

Everhart’s family called Paterson Chief Animal Control Officer John De Cando on Tuesday to say the passenger who survived the crash said the dog had run away.

De Cando told 1010 WINS on Wednesday that the dog was believed to have headed toward Paterson or West Paterson.

Bodhi was found about eight blocks from where the crash occurred.

De Cando said the dog still had its tags and appeared to be in good health. He said one of Everhart’s friends would take the dog back to Maryland, where it will be cared for by Everhart’s family.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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