Search for missing dog after motorway crash near Eastleigh

Daily Echo: Sapphire the German Shepherd, which went missing following a car crash on the M27 Sapphire the German Shepherd, which went missing following a car crash on the M27

“WE want her back safe and sound”.

Those are the words of the owners of this German Shepherd, which went missing following a crash on a busy Hampshire motorway.

Debbie and Mike Wright have been frantically searching for five-year-old Sapphire since the incident on the M27 near Eastleigh on Sunday morning.

Mr Wright was driving back to Cornwall with Sapphire and their two other dogs when he was involved in a collision with another car at around 9.40am.

He ended up in the central reservation and the back window smashed, causing all three dogs to escape from the car.

A Pyrenees Mountain Dog and a Cocker Spaniel were retrieved, but Sapphire fled down the motorway and hasn't been seen since.

There have been sightings of a similar dog near McDonald's in Stoneham Lane and Southampton Crematorium but Sapphire remains missing.

The couple, who moved from Southampton to Cornwall three weeks ago, returned to the city to celebrate Mr Wright's retirement at a party on Friday.

They have been scouring fields next to the motorway but to no avail.

Mrs Wright told the Daily Echo: “A car went into Mike on the motorway and he ended up in the central reservation.

“All three dogs shot out but Sapphire was too quick and shot up the motorway.

“We are both shaken up. Mike seems to have whiplash but he's just in shock with what happened.

“Sapphire can be very protective of us from other dogs. She wouldn't do any damage but she would tell them to get away.

“We cannot fathom where she would go. She wouldn't search out people to look after her.”

Mr Wright added: “I am gutted because I was driving at the time - I had the accident.

“We want her back safe and sound.”

If anyone has seen Sapphire or has information on her whereabouts, contact Hampshire Constabulary on 101.

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1:08pm Mon 25 Nov 13

Brite Spark says...

It should have had a seatbelt on - it wouldn't be running free on the motorway. Seriously, a child flying through from the back seat of a car during an accident is lethal and could kill the driver or passenger, a dog is no different, except it's got 4 legs and a tail.
It should have had a seatbelt on - it wouldn't be running free on the motorway. Seriously, a child flying through from the back seat of a car during an accident is lethal and could kill the driver or passenger, a dog is no different, except it's got 4 legs and a tail. Brite Spark
  • Score: -70

1:21pm Mon 25 Nov 13

ToastyTea says...

Hope they find him safe.
Hope they find him safe. ToastyTea
  • Score: 49

1:39pm Mon 25 Nov 13

Ozmosis says...

The dog may be attempting to return to it's old home?
The dog may be attempting to return to it's old home? Ozmosis
  • Score: 27

2:17pm Mon 25 Nov 13

lauraking72 says...

ToastyTea wrote:
Hope they find him safe.
This dog is at St Francis animal welfare. Saw it on
Facebook earlier
[quote][p][bold]ToastyTea[/bold] wrote: Hope they find him safe.[/p][/quote]This dog is at St Francis animal welfare. Saw it on Facebook earlier lauraking72
  • Score: 29

2:24pm Mon 25 Nov 13

Mister E says...

Brite Spark wrote:
It should have had a seatbelt on - it wouldn't be running free on the motorway. Seriously, a child flying through from the back seat of a car during an accident is lethal and could kill the driver or passenger, a dog is no different, except it's got 4 legs and a tail.
Doh!
What makes you think they were on the back seat?
That's why they had a guard fitted to cover the gap from the top of the rear seats to the roof!
[quote][p][bold]Brite Spark[/bold] wrote: It should have had a seatbelt on - it wouldn't be running free on the motorway. Seriously, a child flying through from the back seat of a car during an accident is lethal and could kill the driver or passenger, a dog is no different, except it's got 4 legs and a tail.[/p][/quote]Doh! What makes you think they were on the back seat? That's why they had a guard fitted to cover the gap from the top of the rear seats to the roof! Mister E
  • Score: 26

2:35pm Mon 25 Nov 13

shornuk says...

lauraking72 wrote:
ToastyTea wrote:
Hope they find him safe.
This dog is at St Francis animal welfare. Saw it on
Facebook earlier
I've not seen that? Heard a report she was seen in the Swaythling area a few hours ago?
[quote][p][bold]lauraking72[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ToastyTea[/bold] wrote: Hope they find him safe.[/p][/quote]This dog is at St Francis animal welfare. Saw it on Facebook earlier[/p][/quote]I've not seen that? Heard a report she was seen in the Swaythling area a few hours ago? shornuk
  • Score: 3

2:49pm Mon 25 Nov 13

lauraking72 says...

ignore my previous comment misinformed :(
ignore my previous comment misinformed :( lauraking72
  • Score: -8

3:44pm Mon 25 Nov 13

Brite Spark says...

Poor dog might have thought he was being taken to Eastleigh, no wonder it did a runner.
Poor dog might have thought he was being taken to Eastleigh, no wonder it did a runner. Brite Spark
  • Score: -22

3:48pm Mon 25 Nov 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

Brite Spark wrote:
Poor dog might have thought he was being taken to Eastleigh, no wonder it did a runner.
Try reading the article properly and you will understand why you appear to be a wee bit stupid with your post, but that is the norm in your case anyway.
[quote][p][bold]Brite Spark[/bold] wrote: Poor dog might have thought he was being taken to Eastleigh, no wonder it did a runner.[/p][/quote]Try reading the article properly and you will understand why you appear to be a wee bit stupid with your post, but that is the norm in your case anyway. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 5

3:56pm Mon 25 Nov 13

localnews says...

Brite Spark wrote:
Poor dog might have thought he was being taken to Eastleigh, no wonder it did a runner.
As Long as it's the dog and not you going to Eastleigh I'm sure all resident's will be happy Dim Wit who think's its a Britespark
[quote][p][bold]Brite Spark[/bold] wrote: Poor dog might have thought he was being taken to Eastleigh, no wonder it did a runner.[/p][/quote]As Long as it's the dog and not you going to Eastleigh I'm sure all resident's will be happy Dim Wit who think's its a Britespark localnews
  • Score: 9

4:25pm Mon 25 Nov 13

Brite Spark says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Brite Spark wrote:
Poor dog might have thought he was being taken to Eastleigh, no wonder it did a runner.
Try reading the article properly and you will understand why you appear to be a wee bit stupid with your post, but that is the norm in your case anyway.
says Red Funnel's toilet cleaner.
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Brite Spark[/bold] wrote: Poor dog might have thought he was being taken to Eastleigh, no wonder it did a runner.[/p][/quote]Try reading the article properly and you will understand why you appear to be a wee bit stupid with your post, but that is the norm in your case anyway.[/p][/quote]says Red Funnel's toilet cleaner. Brite Spark
  • Score: -14

6:44pm Mon 25 Nov 13

Hampshire worker says...

There are some really stupid comments on here. Eastleigh is far better than some gypsy areas around here.

Dogs are often part of families and people who are posting stupid comments should concentrate their energy in helping find this dog.
There are some really stupid comments on here. Eastleigh is far better than some gypsy areas around here. Dogs are often part of families and people who are posting stupid comments should concentrate their energy in helping find this dog. Hampshire worker
  • Score: 25

7:50pm Mon 25 Nov 13

Landylass21 says...

lauraking72 wrote:
ToastyTea wrote:
Hope they find him safe.
This dog is at St Francis animal welfare. Saw it on
Facebook earlier
apparently st francis dont have the dog, ive just read the comments on the echo fb group.............sh
e was seen this afternoon up near southampton crematorium though
[quote][p][bold]lauraking72[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ToastyTea[/bold] wrote: Hope they find him safe.[/p][/quote]This dog is at St Francis animal welfare. Saw it on Facebook earlier[/p][/quote]apparently st francis dont have the dog, ive just read the comments on the echo fb group.............sh e was seen this afternoon up near southampton crematorium though Landylass21
  • Score: 0

9:10pm Mon 25 Nov 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

Brite Spark wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Brite Spark wrote:
Poor dog might have thought he was being taken to Eastleigh, no wonder it did a runner.
Try reading the article properly and you will understand why you appear to be a wee bit stupid with your post, but that is the norm in your case anyway.
says Red Funnel's toilet cleaner.
That's an important job, probably better than you ever had, I'm retired by the way, what's your excuse for being an idiot, born that way or evolved through years of experience?
[quote][p][bold]Brite Spark[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Brite Spark[/bold] wrote: Poor dog might have thought he was being taken to Eastleigh, no wonder it did a runner.[/p][/quote]Try reading the article properly and you will understand why you appear to be a wee bit stupid with your post, but that is the norm in your case anyway.[/p][/quote]says Red Funnel's toilet cleaner.[/p][/quote]That's an important job, probably better than you ever had, I'm retired by the way, what's your excuse for being an idiot, born that way or evolved through years of experience? OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 4

9:18pm Mon 25 Nov 13

Arcane says...

lauraking72 wrote:
ToastyTea wrote:
Hope they find him safe.
This dog is at St Francis animal welfare. Saw it on
Facebook earlier
She is not at St Francis Animal Welfare they are just helping to find her.
[quote][p][bold]lauraking72[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ToastyTea[/bold] wrote: Hope they find him safe.[/p][/quote]This dog is at St Francis animal welfare. Saw it on Facebook earlier[/p][/quote]She is not at St Francis Animal Welfare they are just helping to find her. Arcane
  • Score: -2

10:25pm Mon 25 Nov 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

Any news will be welcome, will be out and about in the area tomorrow, will keep an eye open.
Any news will be welcome, will be out and about in the area tomorrow, will keep an eye open. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 1

12:52am Tue 26 Nov 13

Maileydog says...

Brite Spark wrote:
It should have had a seatbelt on - it wouldn't be running free on the motorway. Seriously, a child flying through from the back seat of a car during an accident is lethal and could kill the driver or passenger, a dog is no different, except it's got 4 legs and a tail.
Hope you find her soon and well, if you have not found her yet can I help
[quote][p][bold]Brite Spark[/bold] wrote: It should have had a seatbelt on - it wouldn't be running free on the motorway. Seriously, a child flying through from the back seat of a car during an accident is lethal and could kill the driver or passenger, a dog is no different, except it's got 4 legs and a tail.[/p][/quote]Hope you find her soon and well, if you have not found her yet can I help Maileydog
  • Score: 1

12:54am Tue 26 Nov 13

Maileydog says...

If I can help let me know
If I can help let me know Maileydog
  • Score: 1

4:55am Tue 26 Nov 13

Someone_New says...

Maileydog wrote:
If I can help let me know
How you can help: Ring 101 if you see the dog.

How you can't help: Posting "Can I help?" anonymously on here!
[quote][p][bold]Maileydog[/bold] wrote: If I can help let me know[/p][/quote]How you can help: Ring 101 if you see the dog. How you can't help: Posting "Can I help?" anonymously on here! Someone_New
  • Score: -2

7:25am Tue 26 Nov 13

westo123 says...

Our dog is still missing in chilworth/bassett for the third day running, I appreciate things we could have done better, but could if you see a pure white shepherd running scared please call 101 immediately or get the numbers off here or doglost.co. please help us find her so we can all go home together back to Cornwall!
Our dog is still missing in chilworth/bassett for the third day running, I appreciate things we could have done better, but could if you see a pure white shepherd running scared please call 101 immediately or get the numbers off here or doglost.co. please help us find her so we can all go home together back to Cornwall! westo123
  • Score: 12

9:13am Tue 26 Nov 13

Brite Spark says...

westo123 wrote:
Our dog is still missing in chilworth/bassett for the third day running, I appreciate things we could have done better, but could if you see a pure white shepherd running scared please call 101 immediately or get the numbers off here or doglost.co. please help us find her so we can all go home together back to Cornwall!
Good luck with the search she looks lovely
[quote][p][bold]westo123[/bold] wrote: Our dog is still missing in chilworth/bassett for the third day running, I appreciate things we could have done better, but could if you see a pure white shepherd running scared please call 101 immediately or get the numbers off here or doglost.co. please help us find her so we can all go home together back to Cornwall![/p][/quote]Good luck with the search she looks lovely Brite Spark
  • Score: 5

11:05am Tue 26 Nov 13

Hannah.ridge81@gmail.com says...

I really feel for you, this must be an awful time. I have been keeping a lookout on the way home from work. Somebody must have seen her somewhere, even if she has moved on from this area. Please keep us updated, I really hope she is found safe and well.
I really feel for you, this must be an awful time. I have been keeping a lookout on the way home from work. Somebody must have seen her somewhere, even if she has moved on from this area. Please keep us updated, I really hope she is found safe and well. Hannah.ridge81@gmail.com
  • Score: 2

8:06am Wed 27 Nov 13

OnOffReader says...

Excellent news, Sapphy fond by owner this morning!
Excellent news, Sapphy fond by owner this morning! OnOffReader
  • Score: 4

8:13am Wed 27 Nov 13

OnOffReader says...

That should read: Excellent news, Sapphy found by owner this morning! No further details known.
That should read: Excellent news, Sapphy found by owner this morning! No further details known. OnOffReader
  • Score: 1

9:17am Wed 27 Nov 13

Hannah.ridge81@gmail.com says...

Oh wow, that's amazing!!! So happy, I know how I would feel 😄! Please let us know how she is. Brilliant news!!
Oh wow, that's amazing!!! So happy, I know how I would feel 😄! Please let us know how she is. Brilliant news!! Hannah.ridge81@gmail.com
  • Score: 0

1:17pm Wed 27 Nov 13

westo123 says...

Hi all, we have just returned from the vets and she is tired and hungry, but perfectly ok! She was sighted yesterday afternoon and within an hour many people were searching, we put out some burgers, frankfurters and sardines and stayed watching until 10. We returned at 4 and sat quietly with a large pack of mackerel, suddenly one of the other dogs barked and Sapphy appeared, but she would not come close and even ran away again for a minute or two, it took 20 minutes to get her close enough to catch. We would like to thank everyone who helped and DogLost.Co and GSDs united for all the assistance and advice.
Hi all, we have just returned from the vets and she is tired and hungry, but perfectly ok! She was sighted yesterday afternoon and within an hour many people were searching, we put out some burgers, frankfurters and sardines and stayed watching until 10. We returned at 4 and sat quietly with a large pack of mackerel, suddenly one of the other dogs barked and Sapphy appeared, but she would not come close and even ran away again for a minute or two, it took 20 minutes to get her close enough to catch. We would like to thank everyone who helped and DogLost.Co and GSDs united for all the assistance and advice. westo123
  • Score: 10

1:53pm Wed 27 Nov 13

Hannah.ridge81@gmail.com says...

Ah, that's so lovely! Where was she found in the end?
Ah, that's so lovely! Where was she found in the end? Hannah.ridge81@gmail.com
  • Score: 2

1:54pm Wed 27 Nov 13

Sue Shields says...

So please for you!! She looks exactly like my white GSD Bo, and I know how devastated I would be if she went missing, she like one of my children. Glad it was a happy ending!!
So please for you!! She looks exactly like my white GSD Bo, and I know how devastated I would be if she went missing, she like one of my children. Glad it was a happy ending!! Sue Shields
  • Score: 0

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