Help find Burke, crash victim's dog

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Burke, the dog, is pictured here with his owner, Jeffrey Groat. Groat was one of three people who were inside a Coeur d'Alene home and seriously injured when a truck crashed into the house Thursday. Groat's dog was inside the home also, and the animal is now missing and presumed to be injured.

COEUR d’ALENE — When Thomas Heinbaugh drove his truck into a home on Hattie Avenue Thursday night, he seriously injured three people: Sherri Bloom, Jeffrey Groat and a 10-year-old girl.

But friends of the Coeur d’Alene family are now trying to locate a fourth victim - Groat’s dog, Burke.

“The dog got hurt too. He was in the house when it happened,” said Brandi Bieber, a family friend. “Hopefully he is OK but no one has been able to find him.”

Bieber said the dog, a solid-black “teacup Great Dane” about the size of a Labrador, was last seen at approximately 7:30 p.m. last night near Kootenai Health. Several people reported seeing a limping dog heading west on Ironwood.

“Burke is on the slender side and has no collar,” Bieber said. “Somebody might have him in their living room thinking they are doing a good thing by rescuing an abandoned dog.”

Authorities and local shelters have been notified of the missing dog and Bieber is hoping the word will spread about the fourth victim - a beloved member of the family.

“He (Groat) loves that dog,” Bieber said. “They obviously have a lot on their plate to deal with right now so friends are just trying to rally around and find the dog.”

Bieber encouraged anyone with information on Burke’s whereabouts to contact her at (208) 640-9490.

Heinbaugh, 27, was arrested by CDAPD for aggravated driving under the influence and felony leaving the scene of an injury accident.

Bloom, who was trapped under what appeared to be part of the couch and a door, sustained serious bodily injuries and is currently listed in fair condition.

Groat, who was trapped underneath the back of the truck, also sustained serious injuries and is currently listed in good condition.

A 10 year-old girl was located sitting on the floor of the residence near the back of the truck. She also sustained serious injuries. Her name and condition is not available for release to the public due to her being a minor child.

All three victims remain in the care of Kootenai Health at this time.

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