Man involved in crash gets dogs back after Facebook plea


PITTSFIELD -- An Otis man and his three dogs are together again, separated following a two car crash in Pittsfield over the weekend.

Around 1 p.m. Saturday, Andrew Johnston, 37, was driving south on Hubbard Avenue when his Jeep was struck by another vehicle driven by Sarah Fellman, exiting BJ's Wholesale Club on Hubbard Avenue, according to Pittsfield police. The impact of the crash caused Johnston to crash into an utility pole, and his three dogs traveling with him to flee the accident scene.

While firefighters extricated Johnston from the Jeep, he managed to avoid serious injury as he was treated and released from Berkshire Medical Center later in the afternoon.

A passenger in the Fellman car, 80-year-old Emma Claramunt of Hinsdale, was also treated and release from BMC, hospital officials said. Fellman, 30, and an infant in her car were treated at the scene.

After leaving BMC, Johnston posted a heartfelt request to his Facebook friends to find the animals. Two of them, a black lab named Red, and Lola, a bull mastiff/lab mix, were found and turned into the Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter in Pittsfield. Shelter officials posted on their Facebook they had the two dogs and they were eventually returned to Johnston a few hours after the accident.

However, Jackson, another black lab mix, was still missing.

Johnston said he spent an anxious evening fretting about his dog, driving back to the accident scene to look for Jackson, with no luck.

Johnston reported that Jackson has a tracking chip that links to his cell phone, but it was apparently lost in the accident.

However, early Sunday, Johnston reported on Facebook that Jackson had been returned to him. He did not elaborate, but said he was happy to have all three of his "children" back home.


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