An Italian greyhound Chihuahua mix was found safe at the Tacoma Mall on Thursday after its owner crashed on Interstate 5 and worried the dog had died in the wreck.
Police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said she believed the dog’s name is Patty.
The wreck happened about 12:40 p.m. at southbound I-5 near South 56th Street, and caused backups.
There were no major injuries, Washington State Patrol spokesman Guy Gill said.
Both directions of the freeway were affected when the northbound pickup that Patty’s owner was driving lost control and hit the inside barrier of the road, and debris hit four southbound cars, Gill said.
Speed too fast for the conditions caused the crash, he said, and the driver was not impaired.
No one had been able to find Patty at the wreck, and the owner thought the pup had been ejected from the vehicle and killed, Cool said.
It turned out that as the owner went to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, Patty headed to the mall nearby. Animal control officers got a call about the dog running loose about 1:30 p.m., and they were eventually able to corral it in a set of double doors at the building and catch it, Cool said.
The owner’s son made plans to come get Patty, who did not appear to be injured from the wreck.