A Hampton man and local police officers feel they are close to learning the identity of two Virginia women who braved highway traffic earlier this month to rescue and return the man's missing dog, which was hit by a car after jumping out of its owner's vehicle on Interstate 495 in Haverhill, Mass.
Duffy McCarthy has been using Facebook and the Hampton Police Department to ever since a missing dog post on the social media website led to the discovery that his 4-year-old border collie/black Labrador mix had been brought to the Hampton police station.
McCarthy has since learned from Hampton's animal control officer that Roxy was dropped off by two Virginia women who saw the injured dog on I-495 while attempting to bring two children to Maine to go skiing on Dec. 21, according to a post on McCarthy's Facebook page.
This revelation has prompted Hampton officers, acting as members of the nonprofit Hampton Police Association, to reach out to police agencies in the 12 Virginia municipalities with the greatest population — something HPA members and McCarthy hope will finally allow McCarthy to give the women the thanks they deserve.
"We’re really desperately looking to thank these people for making our Christmas, really," McCarthy recently told WMUR.
McCarthy has told Hampton-North Hampton Patch that the massive response he's received from residents and media outlets after his Facebook posts has been overwhelming and heartwarming.
Roxy is home safe with only a few stiches in her left leg, and McCarthy said he'll continue to try and find the good Samaritans who saved her.
McCarthy said two other individuals also deserve thanks for their efforts, as the rescuers reportedly told the Hampton animal control officer that two tractor trailer truck drivers helped the women after seeing them attempting to rescue Roxy on the busy, two-lane highway.
The truck drivers reportedly slowed and gradually came to a stop in order to block all traffic on I-495 north so the women could corral Roxy and put her into the women's station wagon, according to McCarthy. The women then brought Roxy to the Hampton toll plaza.
McCarthy is hoping his Facebook posts will reach Roxy's rescuers in Virginia, and he and his wife Jennifer are asking everyone they can to help spread the news.
"It’s a pretty small world once people start talking and see things," Jennifer McCarthy recently told Fox 25.