A crash on icy roads over the weekend led to a desperate search for a service dog, but ended with a happy ending after they were reunited.

A family's emotional support dog, named Diesel, escaped after the wreck at Agnes and Cookingham in the Northland.

Diesel had been missing for three days, but was found on Tuesday evening.

Diesel is more than just a pet for Alyssa Benjamin's daughter, Eliza. The black lab is a constant companion, a service dog that helps her owner's severe anxiety.

"There just aren't any words," said Alyssa Benjamin. "There are happy tears, there are a lot of prayers. But there's just not words and to be honest, that's how I feel about everybody that stepped up to help. I had no expectations of any of this."

Late last week, Eliza and Diesel were riding in a car that crashed in the Northland. Black ice was blamed for the accident.

She says after she posted about the dog on Facebook, dozens of volunteers joined the search.

Benjamin says a GoFundMe account was started to raise a reward for the people who found Diesel, but they didn't accept the money.

Instead, the money will be donated to a group that helps others in the same spot.



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