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Caltrans worker reunites lost dog with owner days after rollover crash on Highway 32

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Dog reunited with owner

TEHAMA COUNTY, Calif. - A Caltrans District 2 worker reunited a dog with its owner after it spent multiple nights in the forest following a rollover crash on Highway 32 last week. 

Caltrans said Tina Milberger was driving with her four dogs in her car on Highway 32 west of the Highway 36 junction around 11:30 p.m. on Nov. 2.

As she was traveling west, the vehicle left the road, overturned and went about 130 feet down an embankment where it collided with a tree, the CHP said.

It wasn’t until early the next morning, roughly seven hours later, that two Caltrans workers, Vic Baccala and Chuck Braswell, found the car tracks as they were plowing the road.

The workers called 911 and emergency personnel arrived at the scene.

Caltrans said the emergency workers used a rope system to pull Milberger and her dogs back to safety. Milberger was taken to the hospital with suspected major injuries.

The next day, Shannon Kenyon, a Caltrans maintenance worker in Chester, learned about the crash and that one dog was missing.

During his shifts, Kenyon would return to the site, calling out for the dog but after two days, he had no luck.

On Saturday, Kenyon returned to the crash site for a final time.

“I walked over to the edge and I yelled ‘Macho,’” Kenyon said in a news release. “I walked to where I could see down the hill and I saw something red move.”

Kenyon decided to head down the embankment with his gloves.

Once he got down to the crash site, he found Macho near the water. Caltrans said Macho’s back legs were not working.

Kenyon let Macho warm up to him for a few minutes before picking up the 40 pound dog and carrying him up the embankment.

When Kenyon and Macho made it back up the embankment, Macho was put into Kenyon’s vehicle.

He then drove to a spot with cell service and called Macho’s owner. Kenyon learned Milberger had just returned to her home in Willits.

Kenyon decided to bring Macho home with him that night so Macho could be fed, get some water and have a warm place to sleep.

The next day, Kenyon and his wife drove to Red Bluff to reunite Macho with Milberger.

A GoFundMe account has been set up for the dog's medical bills. According to the page, the dog's pelvis and and hip were crushed. 

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