June 18, 2018
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Family seeks dog missing after fatal car crash in Prospect

By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff

PROSPECT, Maine — A dog that was a passenger in a deadly car accident last week is missing, and her owner is offering a $100 reward to try to help get her back home.

Molly is a friendly black Labrador who likes to chase tennis balls, isn’t scared of school buses, gunshots or all terrain vehicles — and is an important part of Susan and Powell Johnson’s family.

The Frankfort couple was injured in an accident Thursday, Nov. 8, that happened when William Dunham, 79, also of Frankfort collided head-on with their vehicle on Route 1A. Dunham was killed in the crash that may have been caused by wet roads, according to police.

“She’s a good dog. I really miss her,” Susan Johnson said Tuesday afternoon. “We’re empty nesters. Our daughter’s down in college in southern Maine, and Molly’s like our kid. We have two cats, and they’re wandering around looking for her, wondering ‘Hey, who are we going to harass now?’”

She said that after the accident, she reached her hand back and Molly licked it.

“She didn’t feel like she was hurt,” Johnson said.

But in the commotion of the crash, Molly got startled when emergency responders pried the door off the vehicle to get her husband out, and Molly ran off into the woods.

Powell Johnson, 64, suffered six broken ribs, a broken leg and hip, and a shattered foot in the accident. He is at a rehabilitation facility now. Susan Johnson suffered a concussion and bruised hip and ribs.

Susan Johnson, 49, said Tuesday that she has returned to the accident scene to look for the dog and also knows that people who live in the area also have been keeping an eye out for her.

“We just don’t know if she was maybe hurt and went off somewhere and died,” Johnson said.

So far, she’s heard one report of a black Lab that was running around by the Blue Hill Hannaford.

“I don’t think she would have gotten all the way out there unless somebody picked her up in a car and let her out,” she said.

Molly, who is about 4 years old, weighs about 40 pounds, has a block head and a “good barrel chest.” She was wearing a light pink fabric collar and her rabies tag from the Searsport veterinarian. Her other registration tag was twisted off.

She’s a bird dog and is familiar with shotguns and rifles. She is also used to running alongside ATVs, according to her owner.

Johnson said that when her daughter was still in high school, a couple of times Molly followed her onto the school bus. Even two years after the daughter’s graduation, Molly still waits for her to get off the bus.

“She still thinks her girl is on that big yellow bus,” she said.

If anyone has information about Molly, please call Susan Johnson at 356-2000.

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