Beloved dog involved in Shropshire crash found after community flocked together to help

By Charlotte Bentley | Church Stretton | News | Published:

More than 25 people came together to find a dog who had ran off after being involved in a serious crash near Church Stretton.

Pat's granddaughter Ava, with Tammy

The accident, involving a car and a motorbike, took place on the A49 on Sunday and saw a woman airlifted to hospital.

Her family have now happily reported that while she remains in hospital, she is on the mend - and her beloved lurcher has now been found safe and well.

The black and white lurcher, named Tammy, escaped her owner's car when the air ambulance landed to airlift crash victim Pat Beaumont to hospital.

Fearing for her safety, the family rushed to social media in hopes of finding the dog. But what they did not expect was the overwhelming response from neighbours and total strangers alike - including Ricky Gervais' wife and best-selling author Jane Fallon.

Jane Fallon's tweet

Pat's son, Haydn Beaumont, said the response has been crazy.

He said: "A friend, Carol James, put out an appeal for anyone in the area to help us look for Tammy and 25 people turned up to help which was not expected at all.

"We have had 2,000 retweets - people from all over the place, Canada and America have gotten involved. Even Ricky Gervais' wife retweeted it - I've never met her in my life!"


A group of four people eventually found her this morning and Haydn and his brother Giles want to thank everyone on behalf of their mother who is recovering in hospital.

He said: "Tammy had spent three nights away but she was thankfully located this morning and after being checked over by the vets, is back at home.

"Our gratitude towards all the people who looked for her or helped in any way is just overwhelming.

Pat's grandson Max with Tammy


"We live in a very rural area, and of course not everyone has social media.

"But I went looking for Tammy myself the other day and I bumped into a woman in the middle of nowhere, and before I could even finish my sentence she said she was already looking for Tammy. I couldn't believe it.

"Of course we were fearing the worst - she is 12 years old and the crash site was near to a railway line.

"It affects everybody, a thing like this, my children were constantly asking and worrying about Tammy. Everybody got involved.

"My mother is doing better as well. We needed a bit of good news this week so this has been amazing."

Charlotte Bentley

By Charlotte Bentley
Community Reporter - @CharlotteB_Star

Community Reporter at the Shropshire Star, helping under-represented communities to find a voice in Shropshire and Mid Wales. Contact me at

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