TAMPA — Animal advocates are looking for Nina, a German shepherd mix, who ran off after an Army veteran who adopted her hours earlier was injured in a traffic crash.
The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is offering a $1,000 reward for her safe return.
Nina ran from the scene of a crash Thursday night at Causeway Boulevard and U.S. 41 near Palm River. She was wearing a lime green collar with a red rabies tag. An implanted microchip will confirm her identity.
Luke Macner, who served in the Army from 1975 to 1982 and, later, in the Air Force, had picked up Nina earlier that day from the Humane Society.
Saturday, he was recovering from the crash in the hospital, suffering a broken clavicle.
"The best-case scenario," Macner said, "is someone calls and says we found your dog alive and wagging her tail."
Anyone who finds Nina was asked to call the Humane Society at (813) 876-7138.