Relatives of injured Baglan mum and baby in desperate search for missing dog Dougal
RELATIVES of a mum and baby seriously injured in a road crash are desperately searching for the family's pet dog that ran off after it happened.
The 41-year-old woman, and her two-month-old baby boy, are still in a critical but stable condition in hospital.
They were badly hurt in a collision with a black Mercedes on Dinas Baglan Road, near its junction with Smallwood Road, at around 2.35pm on Sunday.
It is believed the mum was walking the family dog, Dougal, at the time.
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Now close family members are urging anyone who has see the black Scotland terrier to get in touch.
They have put up signs with contact telephone numbers and highlighted their plight through other means, including Facebook.
A close relative, who preferred not want to be named, said: "Dougal is the family dog and he ran off when the accident happened. He ran off towards the mountain and we want to find him.
"We are trying to find him desperately. That dog is very important to us.
"The family have been out searching. We've been out there, it keeps you going. Because of what happened it is really difficult, but we cannot find him. It would be fantastic if we could."
Dougal is three years old, black in colour, with a tiny little white beard under his mouth.
"He's a very friendly dog," said the relative. "He would definitely respond if someone called his name.
"He was wearing a collar and lead. The collar is tan, and it has a disc with his name and the family telephone number on it.
"That is our concern — because Dougal was still wearing the lead he might have got himself tangled.
"It would be lovely to get him back, it would be a little bit of joy among everything that is happening."
The mother is being cared for at Morriston Hospital while the baby was transferred to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.
Anyone who thinks they might have seen Dougal is asked to call 01639 899004 or 07903 582969/07939 975662.
Witnesses to the accident should call the Western Roads Policing Office on 01792 456999 (extension 88331), their local police station or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.