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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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    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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