Merlin The Lost Dog Found Two Weeks After Car Crash
A lost dog has been found two weeks after she went missing from a car crash in Queensland.
Merlin was travelling with her owner, Simon Hannan, 34, when the two were involved in a car crash in the North Burnett region on September 16.
Emergency services pulled Hannan from the wreckage of his 4WD as Merlin watched on, but the dog ran from the scene afterwards.
Hannan was taken to Eidsvold Hospital, about 400 kilometres north west of Brisbane. He later died of his injuries.
David McDougall, Hannan's stepfather, posted a message on Facebook asking for help in their desperate search for Merlin.
"She's a one person dog," he said in the post, which has been shared more than 17,000 times.
"We've been tracking her, it's just that we can't get her to come out."
Dog experts told McDougall the behaviour was common for dogs that have experienced trauma.
After two weeks of searching, Merlin has finally been captured.
Rotisserie chickens, other food and Hannan's clothes were left around the area of the crash to try and lure her out.
Merlin was eventually found lying in a bed left about 50 metres from the crash site.
"It was time for Merlin to come home," McDougall told AAP.
"It's amazing how their instincts work.
"At the moment she's probably the most loved dog in Australia."
He said he's been blown away by the public support and was glad to see "a positive from a fatal crash" and thanked a ranger and a farmer credited with tracking and capturing Merlin.
"Those two men have been instrumental," McDougall said.
"It's something central Queensland can be proud of.".
McDougall said the family had set up an online crowdfunding page to pay for Merlin's vet fees and transport her to Western Australia, where he and Hannan's mother live.