Farmington, N.Y. – Army veteran Josh Merrell has been reunited with his service dog, Raven.
Raven was found at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon when people at a building supply company in Farmington saw the dog wandering around an enclosure at the business. They were able to trap the dog into the enclosure.
Raven is a 60-pound black lab who serves as Merrell’s service dog. Merrell is a U.S. army veteran and suffers from anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. He said Raven helps keep him calm.
Merrell was riding in a car with a friend on September 9 and Raven was in the backseat. They were heading back to Rochester from Canandaigua after participating in a triathlon, when their car crashed at the intersection of Route 96 and 332.
Merrell said several people stopped and tried to help him and his friend. Someone tried to get Raven out of the car as well, but at the first chance she got, Raven slipped out of her collar and ran out of the vehicle. Merrall chased after her, but Raven eventually turned into the woods and disappeared.
As soon as Merrell arrived, Raven jumped on her owner to greet him.