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Car wreck victim's family looking for missing dog

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NEWBERRY, SC (WIS) - After a Lexington woman was killed on Interstate 26 over the weekend, her family hopes the return of her lost dog will give them some comfort.

Sarah Beatty, 24, died around 11:00 p.m. Friday after a minivan hit her on the side of Interstate 26 eastbound near mile marker 62, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol. Troopers said Beatty had been in an accident with another car, and was hit by the minivan when she stopped her car in the right-hand lane and got out.

Troopers said Beatty was pronounced dead at the scene, and during the confusion her Maltese/Poodle mix named Diddy escaped from the car and ran away. Now Beatty's family and the Newberry County Sheriff's Department are hoping someone finds the dog to help ease their grief.

"Diddy being returned to the family would just give them just that little piece of Sarah that they could hold onto a little while longer," said neighbor Kim Schurg.

Deputies said rescue squad members and neighbors have searched for the dog, but have not been able to find it. Pawmetto Lifeline immediately went to the scene and jumped into the search. "They created a Facebook page, 'Bring Diddy Home,'" said Denise Wilkinson. "So if you could help spread the word, we need people to sign on and become our friend and just get the message out."

Diddy has been gone for nearly five days, and is probably very hungry and exhausted. Schurg occasionally looked after the little dog, and knows his personality. "When you try to talk to Diddy, he'll look at you and he won't come to you," she said. "He likes to play chase and to be chased."
That can be a problem with his capture, unless you know the tricks Schurg knows. "Diddy like little squeaky balls; that was his thing and pretty much that was the favorite toy," said Schurg. "He loved dog biscuits."

Kim used her own dog to entice Diddy because the little furry fellow is very sociable and likes other dogs. "He's a curious little guy," said Schurg. "He might want to come over and say 'hey, how you doing,' a little tail waggling."

Diddy could range out for several miles away from the interstate. If you see or have seen the dog, deputies ask you to call the Newberry County Sheriff's Office at 803-321-2222.

No charges will be filed in connection with Beatty's accident.

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