A tiny dog was rescued and saved from a very busy California highway, thanks to the quick response of police. The California Highway Patrol is being praised for its efforts in rescuing a Chihuahua on Walnut Creek freeway Friday.
The Contra Costa CHP posted a photo of the rescued dog on Twitter, saying, “This little dog needed some help off the freeway today. We’re glad he’s safe.”
Many Twitter users thanked the CHP for saving the small dog, while others wondered where the canine had shown up from. On Saturday, the CHP said in a tweet that the Contra Costa Animal Services in Martinez, California, had taken the dog into their care. The rescue picture showed the Chihuahua sitting atop a roadway median on the interstate during rush hour.
CHP officer Alex Edmon recalled that officers got a call Friday about a Chihuahua running in lanes on northbound I-680. Officers proceeded to receive another call that reported the dog as sitting in the middle of the center-divider wall. Edmon and his police partner responded and spotted the small dog on the highway’s concrete center divider.
“We attempted to coax it, we could tell it was very frightened, it was shaking – we were able to pet it a little bit, but other than that we could tell it was not happy.”
Edmon, who is a total dog lover and owns two dogs himself, tried to coax the dog with some trail mix but, according to him, she wouldn’t eat it. The officers had to call animal control since they had no way to transport the dog on their motorcycles. Animal control estimates the dog to be around two years old. There were no signs of tags or any kind of injury when she was rescued.
“I would try to encourage everybody to try and rescue any dog they can,” Edmon said. “Animal control has already been inundated with calls for this particular dog because of the story, but don’t be discouraged if you can’t get this exact dog, look for other dogs out there.”
Contra Costa Animal Services posted an update on Facebook Saturday, saying the Chihuahua “may already have a home if her owner doesn’t come for her.”
Photo Source: Twitter