Caught: the runaway dog that caused a three-car crash on the M61 near Farnworth

Caught: the runaway dog that caused a three-car crash on the M61 near Farnworth

RSPCA inspector Danielle Jennings with the runaway Akita

RSPCA inspector Danielle Jennings with the runaway Akita

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The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , education reporter

THIS is the runaway Akita dog which caused mayhem on the M61 near Farnworth.

The large white female dog caused a three-car smash when it was found on the lose between junctions three and four near Plodder Lane at 1pm on Monday.

The cars were involved in a “minor” crash while trying to avoid the dog.

It was rescued by a Highways officer, and handed over to RSPCA inspector Danielle Jennings, who is now trying to track down the owner.

Insp Jennings said: “There were reports that that the dog was a Staffie. When I arrived I saw this dog which looked like a wolf and knew it was an Akita.

“She was with the highways officers, and was very calm and very placid, though I think she was shocked by what had happened.

“But she was friendly, and seems to be an older dog, and let me put a lead on her and put her in the van.

“She was taken to our Salford clinic. She has been well looked after, but there is no microchip, which is very frustrating.

“I feel sorry for the owner who will be missing her.”

The lack of a collar and a microchip means the dog, which is thought to be about five years old, has been deemed to be a stray and is at Leigh Dogs and Cats Home.

Insp Jennings said: “I would appeal to all dog owners to have their pets microchipped. Had she been, then we would have reunited her with her owner within the hour.

“Reuniting pets with their owners is one of the most rewarding parts of this job, and not being able to do so is frustrating.”

She added: “We have reports of deer on the motorways, but I don’t know how this dog has come to be in this random location.

“I was told Akitas are wandering dogs, but I don’t know if that is true or not. I was told they are wandering dogs, but I don’t know if that is true or not. “

The owner is urged to contact 01942 671215 to be reunited with their pet.

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3:06pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Annelime says...

Just goes to show how the Bolton news needs to get its facts right! The original story said it was a staff!
Just goes to show how the Bolton news needs to get its facts right! The original story said it was a staff! Annelime
  • Score: -3

3:13pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Paul.Evs says...

Annelime wrote:
Just goes to show how the Bolton news needs to get its facts right! The original story said it was a staff!
Probably because the press like to blame Staffie's for everything
[quote][p][bold]Annelime[/bold] wrote: Just goes to show how the Bolton news needs to get its facts right! The original story said it was a staff![/p][/quote]Probably because the press like to blame Staffie's for everything Paul.Evs
  • Score: 4

3:15pm Wed 22 Jan 14

mollymalone86 says...

What a gorgeous dog. I hope she gets reunited with her family.
What a gorgeous dog. I hope she gets reunited with her family. mollymalone86
  • Score: 7

3:41pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Julian Thorpe says...

Annelime wrote:
Just goes to show how the Bolton news needs to get its facts right! The original story said it was a staff!
That information came from the police and was corrected as soon as we had spoken to the RSPCA.
[quote][p][bold]Annelime[/bold] wrote: Just goes to show how the Bolton news needs to get its facts right! The original story said it was a staff![/p][/quote]That information came from the police and was corrected as soon as we had spoken to the RSPCA. Julian Thorpe
  • Score: 9

3:44pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Brumas says...

Obviously it was reported to be a Staffie by an eyewitness, who perhaps knows very little about dogs. Don’t blame the BN or the media for this, they only report the incident hours after it happened.
Obviously it was reported to be a Staffie by an eyewitness, who perhaps knows very little about dogs. Don’t blame the BN or the media for this, they only report the incident hours after it happened. Brumas
  • Score: 9

4:47pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Gore Seer says...

Animals Should Be Insured For Damage They Can Cause.
Animals Should Be Insured For Damage They Can Cause. Gore Seer
  • Score: 3

5:18pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Hough64 says...

Annelime wrote:
Just goes to show how the Bolton news needs to get its facts right! The original story said it was a staff!
They can only report what they are told by the police and general public you prat!!!
[quote][p][bold]Annelime[/bold] wrote: Just goes to show how the Bolton news needs to get its facts right! The original story said it was a staff![/p][/quote]They can only report what they are told by the police and general public you prat!!! Hough64
  • Score: 2

10:28am Thu 23 Jan 14

bandit14 says...

The dog belongs to ratface who lives on jacks lane in a scrap compound
The dog belongs to ratface who lives on jacks lane in a scrap compound bandit14
  • Score: 0

12:20am Fri 24 Jan 14

bigbob123 says...

SHOULD OF RUN THE BUGGER OVER, TOOK IT WOM AND ETIN IT.
BLOODY **** MACHINES
SHOULD OF RUN THE BUGGER OVER, TOOK IT WOM AND ETIN IT. BLOODY **** MACHINES bigbob123
  • Score: 1

3:37pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Talie082 says...

Nothing more irritating than people not knowing the difference between "lose" and "loose"
Nothing more irritating than people not knowing the difference between "lose" and "loose" Talie082
  • Score: 0

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