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Family on mission to find greyhounds missing after deadly crash in Marion County

Published: Mar. 3, 2021 at 9:02 PM CST
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Long days of searching and standing guard to bring home a family’s missing greyhounds follows Friday’s deadly crash in Marion County. On the western edge of the Marion Reservoir, Shawn Gilligan and his dog keep the search going.

In its crash log, the Kansas Highway Patrol said a 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan was traveling east on U56 (Highway 56) when it went left of center and hit a 2000 Ford F-150, head-on. The pickup was pulling a trailer with about 20 greyhounds inside. The van’s driver and the couple in the pickup died in the crash. Three dogs also died. Several others ran off.

The search for dogs, belonging to James and Jody Potter who died in the crash, continued Wednesday.

“We’ve been out here every day and we’ve had a lot of help,” said Gilligan, the couple’s son. “A lot of people have come out, but we still have three (dogs) missing.”

Gilligan and others have been searching the woods near the crash site, trying to find the remaining missing greyhounds that belonged to his parents.

“We need to get them found. The dogs are like family,” he said.

While they’ve had some progress, including Wednesday morning when they reduced the number of missing dogs from four to three, the around-the-clock effort continues for Gilligan and his wife, Amanda.

“I haven’t had time to really mourn yet,” Gilligan said. “It’s just that’s basically been my main goal is getting these dogs found and getting them home.

They’ve been trying their best to lure the missing greyhounds out. The missing dogs still have muzzles on, making it all the more critical that they’re found. The family is appreciative of any advice and help they can get in their search.

“(We’re) willing to go anywhere. Any tips that come in, we’ll go and find them,” Amanda Gilligan said.

Shawn said, “Anything helps. I mean if they have an idea of how to lure them in, catch them because I mean they are traumatized right now.”

The Gilligans said what they are thankful for is all the support the community has provided them to help get closure.

“We just need to find these last ones and hopefully, this nightmare will be over,” said Amanda.

There is a GoFundMe page to help with care for the dogs, including several that are receiving veterinary care for injuries sustained in Friday’s crash, Anyone who may see any of the three missing greyhounds from the crash or knows where they may be can call Gilligan at 620-366-9367.

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