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Dog who went missing in deadly crash in Chaffee County found wandering in mountains

Posted at 4:32 PM, Aug 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-26 18:37:25-04
Bentley the dog
Bentley the dog is missing following a fatal crash on Aug. 7, 2018.

CHAFFEE COUNTY – After nearly three weeks of wandering in the mountains, a dog who was ejected from a car in a deadly crash in Chaffee County, has been found.

Bentley, a Goldendoodle, was in the car at the time of the fatal crash on Iron Chest Road on August 7. Reports say a Jeep went off a 600-foot hillside ejecting the dog out of the car as it rolled over.

The crash took the life of 43-year-old Jennifer Orr and seriously injured her daughter 21-year-old Samantha Orr. News 5 spoke with Samantha after the crash as she pleaded for help in finding her best friend Bentley.

“My mom and my dog were my best friends,” she said.

The dog hadn’t been seen since the crash but was seen running down a hill after the incident so there was hope that he was still alive. Samantha told News 5 that family, volunteers, and even strangers helped to search for the lost pup.

“I honestly can’t believe the outpouring of support from complete strangers.”

After 19 days of searching, Bentley was found wandering in the mountains. Samantha wrote to Facebook that Bentley had been found not too far from the crash site.

He was spotted from above the accident site laying along the ridge of the mountain a few days before he was found. Samantha and a team drove to the accident site in Buena Vista and after hours of hiking, spotted Bentley in the distance.

He was hesitant to come to Samantha after first, but after some toy squeaking and sweet talking, Bentley and his owner were reunited. She wrote, “he’s a little malnourished and dehydrated, but otherwise no noticeable injuries.”

She ended the post saying, “God and my beautiful momma have been keeping an eye on him. God is so good.”

BENTLEY HAS BEEN RESCUED!This guy has been what can only be compared to a mountain goat for the past 19 days. After the fatal accident where I lost my mom, Bentley was last seen running down hill from the accident. For the past 3 days he has been spotted far far above the accident site, laying amongst the rocks along the ridge of the mountain. Peering down at the Jeep wreckage, patiently waiting for his family to return. This morning, I left Pueblo, CO at 4:45am and drove the accident site in Buena Vista, CO. Along with a team, we spent hours hiking to the top of said mountain. I have never, and I mean never, done such dangerous and rewarding activity in my entire life. We were able to spot Bentley early in the day, a few hours in, I came within 30-40 feet of him. He wouldn’t come to me, but seemed interested. Eventually his fear got the best of him and he made his way to the ridge (top). I slowly but surely followed him, upon reaching the summit, I could see him watching me. I got close to him, laid down, unpacked some items to eat and a new toy I’d purchased from him. He never moved an inch for over 15 minutes. Eventually I decided to give him some space, back off for a few minutes, and that got his attention. When I came back, him and I slowly altered walking few steps towards each other until finally I was able to convince him to come into my arms. And from then it was nothing but tears and celebration! Bentley is okay, he’s a little malnourished and dehydrated. But otherwise no noticeable injuries. Thank you to everyone who played a role in bringing this sweet boy home. I know the past 19 days, God and my beautiful momma have been keeping an eye on him. GOD IS SO GOOD! ❤️

Posted by Bring Bentley Home on Saturday, August 25, 2018