Weekly ESA News Report February 26th: Owner Bids Farewell to Bear the ESA

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sad lab mix in carA heartbreaking story in the world of emotional support animals (ESAs) this week, with the loss of one of these angelic creatures hitting hard. An accident has ended in tragedy for an ESA owner, who our heart goes out to. Read on for more details.

Sad End to Search for ESA Involved in Car Wreck

A news story that was hoped to have a happy ending has finished with a sad discovery. Last week, an emotional support animal went missing in Braselton, Georgia, after it was involved in a crash with its owner.

Owner Carolyn O’Brien of Two Tailz rescue organization, where 10-month old Labrador mix ‘Bear’ was adopted from, gave more information about the event. The crash occurred while the owner was traveling between North Carolina and Atlanta when, due to heavy rain, the car aquaplaned causing it to crash.

O’Brien says that when this occurred, an airbag on the side of the vehicle where the dog was located deployed, throwing the dog into the backseat of the car. After this, the dog escaped through a window, no doubt terrified after the shock of the crash.

An exhaustive 3-hour search to find the missing dog took place on Saturday and was attended by more than 30 people. However, according to O’Brien, Bear the ESA was unfortunately found dead by a member of the search party.

It is believed that Bear was hit by a car while fleeing the accident.

silhouette of woman with her emotional support dog

A Heartbroken O’Brien Turns to Instagram

She posted this touching message to the Two Tailz Rescue Instagram account:

This is Carolyn, Founder of Two Tailz Rescue. It is with the deepest and most profound heartache that I let everyone know that after 3+hrs of searching, we found Bear, [the Emotional Support dog] (who bolted on Thursday morning after his owner had an auto accident on I-85 South) deceased on the side of the road (off of I-85).

Bear had been hit by a car and was down a bit off the highway. David and I picked Bear up off the highway. Bear’s owner is beyond heartbroken.

Bear is being transported to one of our @twotailzrescue vet clinics where he will stay until Richard, who does all of our cremations can get him this afternoon and take proper care of Bear.

Bear will then be returned to his owner, Kara.

There are not enough words to thank the 30+ people who came out today to help search for Bear and hand out flyers. This is not the ending we hoped for….fly free Sweet Bear over the Rainbow Bridge.

This heartbreaking story tugs at the heartstrings of any pet or ESA owners. We know the profound difference they can make in our lives. Rest well, Bear.

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