Family searches for missing dog after car accident

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo -- A 9-month-old pit-bull terrier is missing after an accident in 291 Thursday. The dog's owner Jacob Heflin said he was driving down the interstate when he fell asleep at the wheel.

"I don't know if he was thrown or jumped out of the window, but when I could finally came to a stop I could see him outside the car and he took off running," Heflin said.

Good Samaritans passing by helped Heflin out of his car, which was totaled in the accident. All he was worried about was his puppy named Chance.

"They helped look, but no one could find him," Heflin said. "Fire department and the police helped but they couldn't find him either."

Since the accident on Thursday, the entire Heflin family has been out looking in fields, hanging lost posters and following every lead. So far, they have not found their beloved puppy.

Chance was lost on I-291 near Courtney Avenue. He is brown with white markings on his snout, chest and paws. He also has a white diamond mark on his back. At the time of the accident he was wearing a black collar with silver spikes.

The family is offering a $1,000 reward for the safe return of Chance. To contact them, please call 816-616-6629.