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Yakima family reunited with injured pet

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WEST VALLEY--A family is reunited with their dog after she's hit by a car and saved by complete strangers.

Wags disappeared from her yard on 76th Avenue on Thursday, August 20.

That night, West Valley firefighters found her badly injured; she'd been hit by a car.

Firefighters called Animal Control Officer Diane Seymour.  She couldn't find the dog's owners, so Seymour checked Wags into an animal hospital on her own dime.

Hospital employees eventually tracked down the family.  They're grateful to have Wags back.

"We wanted to thank everybody who had taken care of her," Beau Shirley said.  "She was lucky to be alive.  It was tough seeing her in that condition.  She was sown up with drain tubes and she couldn't walk."

Seymour said taking care of hurt animals is her job.

"That's what I do," she said.  "I wouldn't be in animal control if I didn't expect to go all the way.  I care about the animals.  Whatever it takes."

Vets were worried Wags might not walk again.  She's proved them wrong, one ginger step at a time. 

But, she has a long way to go to fully recover.

Seymour adds that pet owners should make sure their pets have tags that are up to date.