Desperate search ends as grieving family reunites with son's dog - FOX 13 News

Desperate search ends as grieving family reunites with son's dog

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

Two joggers who saw a grieving mother's fliers spotted a dog that looked like the one in the picture.

The flier showed a photo of "Eddie," a dog that ran away from the fatal crash where his owner died.

The accident happened Friday. Eddie's owner, Dan Selzar, was killed in the crash.

Deputies said they spotted the dog in the car with a cut on his nose.

In the chaos of the situation, Eddie ran off.

Dan's mother Shirlee Gorka flew down here from Ohio. She was scheduled to fly back Tuesday to bury her son, and she was desperate to find Eddie before then.

She searched, posted fliers, and early Monday evening, she got some hopeful news.

Two people out for a run spotted a dog that resembled Eddie near the crash scene.

They called his name, and he responded to it.

The dog came over limping, and they saw the cut on his nose -- the cut deputies noticed on him before he ran away.

They contacted Shirlee. She and the rest of the family came to see the dog.

FOX 13's Kim Kuizon spoke with Shirlee, and she confirmed that the dog responded to the family. Everyone was overjoyed, and in tears.

Shirlee Gorka's heart aches, but now she has a link to her son she thought may have been lost forever.

"I can't bring my son back so it's a little part of my son to remind us every day that he's still with us," she said.

Eddie and Dan had been inseparable since he rescued the German Shepherd from a shelter in Ohio, Shirlee said.

"From the beginning, it was like a little match made in heaven," she recalled.

Until the car crash separated them. It happened on Lakewood Drive and Windhorst Road near Seffner Friday.

As deputies tried to help save Dan's life, they noticed Eddie was in the back seat of the car. He had a cut on his nose.

As the deputies reached for him, he jumped out of the car and ran into Limona Park. He hadn't been seen since.

Dan died from his injuries.

Shirlee immediately flew from Ohio to Florida. She had been dealing with the pain of her son's death, and hurting even more, knowing that Eddie was out there -- lost, separated from his family.

She was overjoyed and in tears to find him.

Eddie will ride back to Ohio with Shirlee's sister and brother in-law, home with his family.

"He is a big part of our heart, big part of our life, now more than ever," Shirlee said. "Eddie will make us laugh when we are down, just like he did with Danny, he was always there to pick him up."

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