Reward offered for dogs lost after wreck on I-95 in Walterboro | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | July 13, 2016 3:35 pm
The Czwakiel family was traveling home after a two-week vacation when the unthinkable happened. About 10 p.m. on July 5, John Czwakiel was following his wife and children along I-95 when his truck was struck from behind near the 57-mile marker. He lost control, and the truck rolled several times.
He was injured, thankfully not critically, and taken to an area hospital. But the family’s two dogs, who were riding in the cab with him, were nowhere to be found. And the family has been searching the roadways for them ever since.
Bailey, a long-haired brown and white beagle mix, and Watson, a short-haired black lab mix, were last seen Sunday night about 6 p.m. on the southbound side of I-95 between the 59- and 60-mile markers. “By the time I got there from Charleston, there were highway patrol and two other vehicles on the side of the road, going into the woods looking for them,” Audrey Czwakeil said. But no one was able to catch them.”
On July 5 Audrey and the couple’s children were traveling in a car ahead of John and the dogs. By the time she was informed of the accident, she was 20-30 minutes away. And when she got to the accident scene, the dogs were gone.
“We have gotten a lot of support from the local community,” she said. “Our best communication has been with the highway patrol and sheriff’s department who have come out and looked when we’ve had credible calls.”
Both dogs are microchipped and wearing both harnesses and collars with names and phone number on the tags. Bailey, who is about 40 lbs., had a pink collar and purple harness. Watson, who weighs about 60 pounds, had a blue collar and green harness.
“Both dogs are typically very friendly,” Audrey said. But now they are lost and scared.
Anyone who sees either of the dogs is asked to call Audrey at 843-754-0447. A reward is offered.