MONROE, Wash. -- A chocolate lab that ran from the scene of a car crash Sunday night showed up hours later at a pet store a mile away.
The dog, Zaley, had been missing since a head-on collision around 7:30 p.m. on State Route 522.
The Washington State Patrol said a teenager driving a Hyundai Sonata was heading east and exiting to SR 2 when she crossed the centerline of the exit and hit a westbound Subaru Impreza.
The crash hurt three people in the Impreza. A 15-month-old baby was in a car seat and wasn’t hurt. The driver of the Sonata suffered serious injuries.
Zaley, who was in the Subaru, vanished from the scene, but Breanna Findley, who was going to open a store nearby, saw him at the pet store doorstep around 5:30 a.m.
“From 522 a mile away, from all of the stores, to come to a pet store,” Findley said out of amazement after finding Zaley at the store’s doorstep. “I was amazed and shocked. He was a smart boy. He came to a smart place.”
Findley found Zaley by the Pet Pros in Monroe, which was closed at that hour. Zaley was soaking wet and shivering.
Findley’s co-worker, Amber McGar, showed up minutes later and happened to have dog treats her in glove box because she’s a dog owner herself.
“He started warming up after we brought the cookies,” McGar said. “I couldn’t imagine how scared he was. That had to be traumatizing.”
Through the Lost Dogs of Snohomish County Facebook group and Zaley's tag, the two were able to find his owner.
“She told me she honestly thought she was never going to see him again,” Findley said. “As soon as the cops showed up, we had to bribe him with some hot dogs, but he got up. He walked over to the car, saw it was a car and the door was open and he jumped in on his own. We didn’t have to help him.”
Zaley rode off in that police cruiser and later reunited with his owner. On Monday, she told KING 5 she was having him checked out to make sure he’s okay.