Dog who went missing when retired VCU professor was killed has been found

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Rose, the missing dog that belonged to retired VCU Professor Richard Priebe has been found.

Priebe died Friday morning when he was hit by a car while jogging with Rose. When he was hit, Rose disappeared.

She was found Sunday morning after a search party met on the corner of Vine and Main Street at 7 a.m.

The group used surveillance footage to search the area south of where the accident happened. The group searched in pairs and in less than five minutes a couple pointed out a dog on Parkwood Avenue which turned out to be Rose.

However, Rose was spooked and ran away, heading north.

Images courtesy of Tracy McNeish

Searchers, neighbors, dog walkers and cyclists all helped look, but Rose disappeared around Grove and Vine.

Shortly thereafter David Battiston saw her at Broad and Lombardy and posted pictures on Facebook. After learning from others about her story, he was able to coax Rose into an enclosed area where he was able to step on her leash. After catching her, Battiston brought her to Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center.

“I just assumed she got away from somebody walking her or from a yard, or just got out of the door, or whatever the case may be,” Battiston said. “I just saw a scared dog that was just running. It was nice to be a part of a positive side to such a sad situation.”

Rose was under observation at the veterinarian’s office but appears to be doing well. After a preliminary examination, it was determined that she had been hit and has a few minor injuries as a result. That said, she is expected to make a full recovery.

She has since been reunited with her family.

Images courtesy of Tracy McNeish

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