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Rico the dog found after running from a Saturday night collision

by: COURTESY OF NICOLE WEIR - Nicole Weir hugs her 15-pound dog Rico, who was missing for a day after running from a Saturday evening collision that smashed Weir's Toyota.A car crash. A crate. One scared animal.

A Saturday evening trip to the Hopworks near North Shaver Street and Williams Avenue ended with a lost dog.

The dog’s owner, Nicole Weir, was visiting friends at the pub, stopping in for about an hour. Her black 2007 Toyota was parked about a block away — with her dog “Rico” settled into a dog crate inside.

But when Weir left the pub, she was in for a shock. Her car was demolished and Rico was gone.

Portland police said the Toyota was hit by a speeding Chevy Malibu driver on North Williams Avenue. Police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson said the driver of the Chevy Malibu and his passenger were both taken to the hospital after that crash.

Inside Weir’s car, the dog crate was cracked open. Little 15-pound Rico was gone.

For more than a day Weir worried that her dog was injured in the accident and had disappeared. But, on Sunday night, a nearby resident let Rico into a backyard, where he stayed until Weir could confirm his identity. Rico’s paw was slightly injured, but he was otherwise in good health.

According to the Find Rico Facebook page, on Sunday night Rico was spotted near the baseball field at Jefferson High School on Northeast Alberta Street Sunday night and in an empty lot at Fremont and Gantenbein streets before he was corralled.

— Adam Amaro of KOIN Local 6 contributed to this report.