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Woman survives accident, loses dog

Susan Wood, Tahoe Daily Tribune
Jim Grant/Tahoe Daily TribuneOscar is know as his neighborhood's newspaper carrier. He may have been spotted on Spooner Summit on Monday.

Janice Shaw’s neighbors knew something was up when their paper delivery was disrupted.

“Oscar,” a 7-year-old brown and white springer spaniel, would routinely retrieve newspapers in the neighborhood — including that of his South Shore family.

Now the beloved dog is missing, causing tremendous heartache to the Shaws.

Oscar disappeared when Shaw crashed her car Wednesday, rolling her vehicle on Highway 50 between Spooner Summit and Carson City.

“My first thought was, ‘Where’s my dog?’ The paramedics said, ‘Don’t move,'” she recalled.

Witnesses to the car accident said they saw the dog head toward Clear Creek.

After being treated at Carson Tahoe Hospital, Shaw searched the area from 3:30 to 11 p.m.

Shaw, who works for the Douglas County Parks and Recreation Department, didn’t give up. She blanketed the Carson Valley with 150 fliers, ran an announcement on KRLT radio and placed a lost-and-found ad in the Nevada Appeal and Record-Courier newspapers.

Family members have left food, water, and familiar items like a pine cone, a plastic Coca-Cola bottle and seat cover where Oscar was last seen, hoping he would pick up their scent. The dog liked to carry pine cones and bottles in his mouth.

“Our whole family is really upset. My husband (Les) said he’s never been so upset,” she said. “I was really discouraged.”

A customer of the Round Hill Shell station where a flier was posted claimed Monday that he saw the dog on Spooner Summit.

She resumed her search that afternoon near the Tahoe Rim Trailhead.

Oscar also answers to the name “Baby.”

“He’s used to being cuddled and loved. The fact that he’s out there, hungry, thirsty and scared is killing me,” Shaw said, crying.

She could barely get the words out, “he’s got the sweetest face,” when asked why Oscar’s so special.

Anyone with information regarding Oscar’s whereabouts is asked to call (775) 588-7093. The Shaw family is offering a $100 reward for information leading to his recovery.

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