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Dogs reunited with owners after fiery crash

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RIVERSIDE (CBS 8) - A Temecula family has been reunited with their two dogs after a fiery crash on Interstate 15 on Christmas.

They were all involved in a rollover wreck, and the dogs ended up running in the middle of the interstate.

With a smile on her face, 2-year-old Bella, a Rottweiler mix, is enjoying her backyard in Temecula and so is her pal Honey, a 7-year-old Corgy. Two weeks ago, they were ejected from the family's Toyota 4-Runner.

"The vehicle spun out of control and we had no control of the vehicle and it began to roll about four or five times," Michael Cuellar said.

"A man looked trough the window and said 'We are going to help you get out,'" Nancy Cuellar said.

A driver even stopped in the middle of the busy interstate to help rescue Bella, who was weaving in and out of traffic. Honey was safely rescued and put in the back of a patrol car, but Bella went missing for two hours.

"I was really scared that Bella was missing in action," Nancy said.

Two hours later, Nancy says an officer went to the ER to let her know they found Bella safe. That was two weeks ago. While the Cuellars recovered, their pups were at the San Diego Humane Society in Carlsbad. Yesterday, deputies made a special delivery to their home in Temecula.

"She looked at me with a sigh of relief and 'I'm finally home,'" Nancy said.

The Cuellars say can't thank the good Samaritans, law enforcement and emergency crews for their help.

"No words can possibly express how deeply grateful and thankful we are," Michael said.

Michael, a retired Chula Vista police officer, was unconscious during the accident. He and his wife were in the hospital for Christmas and didn't get out for two to three days. He says he broke two ribs and both miraculously have minor injuries.

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