A New York woman has been reunited with her dog after it ran away from the car crash that killed her fiancé a week earlier. Anna Marie Fasano spent
A New York woman has been reunited with her dog after it ran away from the car crash that killed her fiancé a week earlier.
Anna Marie Fasano spent nearly a week searching desperately for the two-year-old Cane Corso, Shadow, who had been missing since Saturday morning.
The 100lb pooch had been with when her husband-to-be Michael March, 45, when he drove to the store only to die tragically in an accident just minutes from their home in Brooklyn.
Shadow left the scene before Fasano could reach him, prompting a desperate week-long search, with Fasano saying: ‘My heart was broken twice.’
But on Friday the pooch was discovered by a volunteer dog trapper near Floyd Bennet Field, close to where March, a first responder, had died a few days earlier.
Fasano said it was ‘the first time I’ve smiled since everything. My baby’s home.’
The couple had been due to marry in May.
Michael March, 45, pictured in a photo from facebook with his fiancée AnnMarie Fasano, died in a car crash last Saturday. Their dog Shadow ran off from the crash and has been found after a week long search
Shadow, a two-year-old, 100lb Cane Corso, was in the car during the fatal accident but survived without injury, going missing for a week before being found by a volunteer dog trapper. Shadow pictured on Facebook before the accident
Fasano posted these photos of Shadow after his recapture a week after his owner Michael died
Fasano said her ‘baby’s home’ in photos posted on Facebook of Shadow, the dog she shared with her late husband-to-be
‘This dog survived a fatal car crash, across the belt parkway, lived on snow in a wooded area near a golf course during a snowstorm and he’s home and OK,’ Fasano told The New York Post on Friday.
She added that he in good spirits but visibly nervous and weak.
‘They brought him home to me’, she said. ‘I gave him a chicken cutlet, he dogged it. He’s so scared to be alone he follows me around. After all this, I’m just like wow. It’s the first time I’ve smiled since everything. My baby’s home.’
The tragedy began a week earlier when March, a first responder during the pandemic, had left their newly purchased home in Gerritson Beach, in Brooklyn, to go the store to buy snacks for Fasano’s 13-year-old daughter.
Police say March, who took Shadow with him, was speeding and lost control of the car just before 10:15 a.m. Saturday on the Belt Parkway on a curve near Gerritsen Inlet’s bridge.
Michael Mark, pictured on Facebook with Shadow, was a first responder during the pandemic
The 45-year-old, pictured on Facebook with Shadow, was speeding when he crashed, police said
He was taken to NYU Langone health hospital, where he was initially believed to be stable, according to police, but later passed away of his injuries.
When there was no sign of Shadow at the hospital or scene of the crash, Fasano launched a search party but came up empty.
‘[He] just lost control and that was it,’ Fasano said. ‘But nobody saw the dog so I don’t know what happened. Even if he’s passed away, I would like to know. I was out all night looking,’ she said, as reported in The Post.
The couple had been due to get married in May and had just bought a home in Gerritson Beach in Brooklyn
She also started a GoFundMe, raising more than $10,000 to pay for March’s funeral expenses and calling for help to find the dog.
Fasano posted on the site: ‘My heart was broken twice, my fiancé Michael March was killed in a fatal car crash where my dog Shadow a black beautiful cane corso was also in the car at the time of the accident and hasn’t been seen since.’
She added: ‘Michael March was the love of my life, a first responder during covid. Our dog shadow was with Michael during the crash, but was not found at the crime scene and has not been seen since.’
Fasano said that the couple were ‘just scrambling to make ends meet’ but ‘it didn’t matter because we had each other but now I’m lost. He was such a sweet good hearted man he even was helping raise my children as if they was his.’
Michael March, pictured in a photo posted on GoFundMe, was helping to raise Fasano’s children, who he had taken as his own, she said