Search is On for Dog Who Escaped Accident that Killed Owner

The family of Donna Sartori is asking anyone with information about her beloved dog to reach out.

BamBam. Credit: The Satori family
BamBam. Credit: The Satori family

The family of Donna Sartori, a Middle Island woman who was killed on Sunday morning on Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays after she was struck by a drunk driver, is desperately seeking her dog, who they believe ran from the accident scene.

The two-year-old, black and white shih tzu, which goes by the name BamBam, according to Sartori's cousin, Dorreen Obiedzenski, meant everything to Sartori and is believed to have been in the car when Sartori was killed.

"My cousin Donna would want to know her dog was home safe with her family," said Obiedzenski. "If we can find him, it will bring a small bit of comfort everyone."

Obiedzenski said the dog is very important to Satori's 80-year-old parents, who are longing to have him home.

"She loved her dog and my cousin would be more worried about him than herself," said Obiedzenski.

Anyone with information about the dog can reach Obiedzenski at 631-721-6485.

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    Corinna Knott-Reyes January 06, 2014 at 05:21 PM
    Any info if so was found yet?
    Erica Jackson (Editor) January 06, 2014 at 08:25 PM
    Corinna Knott-Reyes, The dog has not yet been found. Thanks.
    Linda Ouderkirk-Rempe January 07, 2014 at 08:23 AM
    WHERE was the dog last seen? People can start looking if more info is given.
    Erica Jackson (Editor) January 07, 2014 at 09:43 AM
    The dog was last known to be in the car at the accident scene on Montauk Highway near Ponquogue.
    Leslie Kappel January 07, 2014 at 02:14 PM
    He is still missing and last seen on Montauk Highway Hampton Bays near the Scottos, Dunkirks Deli, Squiretown restaurant, Gators area. I am making up posters and spoken to the family to help since they don't live nearby or even know the Hampton Bays area. The photo of the dog pictured isn't actually him and he has a shorter haircut so looks a little different then the photo but he is black and white. He had a collar on with no tag but is microchipped and he is friendly. The Southampton shelter is aware he is lost in the area and will take him in if he is found so he can get back to the family. If anyone would like to help me hand out flyers please let me know and I will get you some. Lets help this dog get home and give this family some comfort at this devastating time. Thanks ~Leslie
    Antoinette Holloway January 08, 2014 at 12:52 AM
    Hello Leslie, I belong to a local Coton de Tulear Facebook group on LI. We are interested in helping to find Bam Bam. Please let me know how we can get a copies of the flyer to distribute and post. I will send you a PM as well. Thank you, Antoinette
    Gail Murcott January 08, 2014 at 04:16 AM
    Hi Leslie, we are sorry for the family's loss, and would like to help in finding BamBam. My sister and myself are offering a 1,000.00 reward for his safe return. Could you please add this to your flyers. You can call us at 631-594-2500.
    Leslie Kappel January 08, 2014 at 06:58 AM
    Wow! Thank you Gail! That is amazing! I will call you later today! Antoinette that would be so wonderful! I'm going to be printing them this morning and will contact you with a location that you can pick them up. Thank you so much!
    Linda Goldsmith January 08, 2014 at 03:26 PM
    Please be sure to contact Channel 12 news. They are animal lovers and we have our show that airs on Dog Days Fridays. We have the Patch photo up at the Shelter and the guys at WLNG are announcing it on the news and the Pet Patrol. Please make a few flyers in Spanish. If you get them to me at the Shelter, I will have them put up in Hampton Bays. Call 728-PETS (7387) if you need anything further.
    clay January 09, 2014 at 12:06 PM
    more info is needed on this. have there been any actual sightings of this animal. was it see going in any particular direction. theres a large wooded area behind main st that runs west to the good grounds cemetery and north to sunrise highway. if there have been no sightings perhaps this is a place to look but more info and coordination is needed if theres any chance of helping bam bam
    Antoinette Holloway January 09, 2014 at 09:10 PM
    At the very least, I hope someone has BamBam and he is safe, warm and being taken care of well. I am optimistic and hope Donna's family will be reunited with him soon.
    clay January 11, 2014 at 04:42 PM
    searched large wooded area behind main st that runs west to the good grounds cemetery and north to sunrise highway today. pretty thorough search i believe using gps and verifying any objects that stood out. i think this area can be ruled out. hopefully someone has picked him up. unfortunately the pictures most people might see online is not of the actual animal and can be misleading for anyone who may have him now.
    Barbara Leat January 12, 2014 at 01:51 PM
    Has anyone checked the car? The G-force may have propelled him under the front seats if he was in the back. I would start checking with the car and then on to other things. That dog is scared to death. I hope he didn't get hurt . So sad. I delivered newspapers for 18 years. I know how dangerous it can be. R.I.P, Donna Sartori and condolences to your family.
    Antoinette Holloway January 12, 2014 at 11:31 PM
    There is a found dog in Oceanside that looks like BamBam. I believe the family has been contacted.
    Leslie Kappel January 13, 2014 at 11:29 AM
    The family was contacted and the dog in Oceanside is not him :( There have been no sightings of him at all. The car was checked several times after it was towed to the impound yard. It is possible he did escape the car in that area (near the SH Town PD) after it was towed since it was much later on that it was realized that the dog must have been with her. We are trying desperately to find him and hope that he is safe in someones home and they just don't know that he is missing and desperately trying to be found.
    Linda Goldsmith January 13, 2014 at 11:36 AM
    The Southampton Animal Shelter is located right behind the Town PD. We would have had sightings reported to us if he jumped out there. Please have someone make posters in Spanish if they haven't already. I have seen the others all around Hampton Bays and if he is with someone, hopefully, somebody will come forward. I will be happy to help distribute them and put on our website and Facebook pages too. If he is running still, he most likely would be around the smell of food.
    clay January 13, 2014 at 12:13 PM
    would have been nice having that information sooner
    Janet Birdsall January 15, 2014 at 08:02 AM
    I have a question for you all??? Is he (perez), out there searching day in and day out for the dog that was also a victim in this senseless tragedy.. or would you rather just type with no action. Since he is out on bail, wouldn't the truly right thing for him to do is get everyone he knows and strangers to to search from dawn to dusk and comb the woods for the missing dog. I can tell you someone lost one of my dogs in the woods.. I combed the woods for 21 days and on the morning of the 21st day, I found my dog... and he was shot...be he survived...and tomorrow he has surgery to save his leg. Doesn't this dog deserve the same.. instead of typing here, take action... Actions speak louder than words!!!
    Janet Birdsall January 15, 2014 at 08:03 AM
    ps...update this picture to a cut down Shitzu even if you borrow one from a shitzu breeder website.. you have a picture of the wrong color dog in full coat... no one can recognize the dog....


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