UPDATE: MONDAY 08/28/2023 11:15 p.m.

(PUEBLO COUNTY, Colo.) — The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region (HSPPR) told FOX21 how it cared for Nova, a dog that survived a fatal semi-truck crash on I-25, during her stay.

Nova was given comfy bedding and enrichment daily. HSPPR also sent a video to Nova’s family in Texas. Nova’s family had lost a husband and a father along with one of their pets, and they still had many uncertainties about how Nova was doing, physically and mentally.

HSPPR said it spoke with Nova’s owner and answered any questions they had, reassuring them Nova was comfortable and being taken care of.

“I really believe that dogs suffer from tragedy in a very similar way as we do,” Melinda Kelly, HSPPR’s Canine Logistics Specialist. “They grieve just as we do. We’ve all seen a video online of a dog grieving its owner, or another pet partner who has passed. To have been through such a traumatic crash and come out that resilient, really speaks loudly to me.”

FRIDAY 08/25/2023 1:34 p.m.

A dog that survived a fatal semi-truck crash on I-25 has returned to her family after receiving care from the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region (HSPPR).

On the morning of Aug. 18, a semi-truck crashed south of Pueblo. The driver and one dog were found dead on the scene and another dog, identified as Nova, was rescued by fire crews.

HSPPR said Nova had minor injuries to her head, nose, legs, and stomach. Nova needed a safe place to go, so the Pueblo Animal Law Enforcement team picked her up and took her to HSPPR.

According to HSPPR, Nova’s family lived out of state and HSPPR needed time to figure out how to get her home. While Nova was with HSPPR, the Pueblo staff “went above and beyond” caring for Nova, sending videos of Nova to her family to let her know she was safe and loved.

Nova was safely returned home and back to the people who loved her.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Nova’s owner and dog sibling, and we appreciate everyone who has shown compassion for the family and cared about Nova,” said HSPPR.