Today August 12, Examiner received a sad update. Stella has been found, but unfortunately she is deceased. It is unknown at this time if she was injured in the accident, and passed on as a result, or if she was hit by another car following the crash. Examiner is giving the family the opportunity to grieve over this terrible blow, and we are honoring Stella’s memory and her family by not intruding on their time of mourning. Thank you all for sharing her story. We had all hoped for a different outcome.
A woman and her puppy were rescued by Orange County Fire Rescue on August 9, following a car crash. The accident occurred on the Florida Turnpike, near mile marker 270, near Winter Garden, Florida, on the southbound side. Upon arriving on the scene in Orlando, Florida, crews found Linda Parr, a Miami resident, entrapped in a ditch in her overturned truck, near State Road 429. Fire Chief Otto Drozd III said, “Our crews worked for more than a half hour to extricate the patient, removing several sections of the vehicle to free her.”
Good Samaritans who came upon the scene were able to capture her puppy, Leia, who was also trapped in the vehicle, by opening a window on the truck’s cab. However, Stella, her Belgian Malinois escaped from the overturned vehicle, and has not been seen since. Stella weighs 65-70 pounds, is 17-months-old, is microchipped and has a silver collar with an identification tag. She also has a black e-collar. Stella has not yet been spayed. Parr said Stella knows sit, come, stay and down. She’s asking for the public’s help in locating her baby. Says Parr, “I miss my baby. I’m hoping someone has seen or has her. My husband and I can’t wait to bring her home.”
Ms. Parr has high praise for the firefighters. She says, “They saved my life; they told me exactly what was happening every step of the way to keep me calm. It was like magic.” On August 11, Ms. Parr called Orange County Fire Rescue to find out which crews had been on the call, in an attempt to help find Stella, whose registered name is Z’Stella of Vitosha.
Orange County Fire Rescue responded to her plea, and sent out two tweets to help Ms. Parr. “We saved her mom from a rollover acc on the Turnpike 8/9. Now mom is asking for community’s help to #FindStella,” followed by this tweet two hours later, “Pls. RT: Dog lost in car acc on S. Turnpike/429 on 8/9. Has microchip, ID tag, Mom asked us to help her #FindStella.”
If you have seen Stella, please email Hockey305@icloud.com.