Dog Missing for Year After Crash Heads Home
Caesar survived, but two members of Benson family did not
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 10, 2011 5:23 PM CDT
File photo of a Maltese ... but not Caesar.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – The Quay County Sun of New Mexico offers this heart-tugger: A lost dog that survived a fatal car crash more than a year ago will be reunited with his owners across the country. The Maltese, named Caesar, belongs to the Benson family of Michigan. They were driving in New Mexico last year when their minivan overturned on I-40, killing dad Gary and daughter Emily. Mom Monica Benson survived, along with four of her children.

Caesar also made it, but he disappeared from the scene. He remained missing until this month, when an animal shelter tracked down the Bensons through a microchip embedded in the pooch. He's now en route home. “This has been the best news we have received in a year,” Monica Benson tells the Sun. “Words can not describe how much this means.”