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Happy ending: Puppy, cat that went missing after I-26 crash have been found

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Scene of the crash (Spartanburg Co. Emergency Management) Scene of the crash (Spartanburg Co. Emergency Management)
Chai (left) and Diesel (right) (Source: Kerry McKenzie) Chai (left) and Diesel (right) (Source: Kerry McKenzie)
INMAN, SC (FOX Carolina) -

 A dog and a cat that went missing after an SUV crashed into an overturned tractor trailer on I-26 in Spartanburg County have been found and are being cared for by a family friend.

Kerry McKenzie has been leading the effort to find the animals since they went missing on March 1.

The crash happened on I-26 east near exit 15 in Inman.

The truck driver and three women from the Jeep were taken to the hospital. 

After the crash, “Chai,” a 7-month-old Great Dane mix, and Diesel, a house cat, were in the car at the time of the crash and ran away in the chaos afterward.

“As soon as I found out what happened, I jumped on Facebook and started reaching out to all the animal rescue groups in Spartanburg County,” McKenzie said.

She said she and at least a dozen others began orchestrating a search effort, which included setting traps, putting out food, and laying out articles of the owners’ clothing.

Chai was found about 12 hours after the crash hiding in some dense brush on the westbound side of the interstate.

Diesel was found Monday night walking in the parking lot of the TrueTimber plant, which fronts the interstate.

McKenzie said she and another friend will care for the animals at her home in Pickens until the family is well enough to take back the animals.

The women suffered broken bones and other injuries in the crash.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help the family get back on their feet.

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