The California Highway Patrol is being praised for its efforts in rescuing a Chihuahua off Interstate 680 in Walnut Creek, California, on Friday.
The Contra Costa CHP posted a photo of the rescue on Twitter, saying, "This little dog needed some help off I-680 freeway today. We're glad he's safe."
A lot of people grabbed their phones and Tweeted a "thank you" for saving the small dog. Others speculated on how it got there.
CHP officer Alex Edmon said that officers got a call Friday about a Chihuahua running in lanes on northbound I-680 just south of North Main Street during rush hour.
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Then they received another call that reported the dog sitting in the middle of the center-divide wall. Edmon and his partner responded and spotted the tiny golden 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 dog lover and owns two dogs himself, tried to coax the dog with some trail mix but she wouldn't eat it, he said. Then the officers called Animal Control for assistance because 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 any kind of injury when she was rescued. She also was not wearing any type of ID tag or a license.
"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."
Edmon said that he has no idea how the tiny little Chihuahua ended up stranded on the freeway. "As of right now there are no witnesses that actually saw someone take the dog out of a car and leave it there," he said.
Edmon said that the CHP receives calls about dogs loose on the freeway on a weekly basis.
Contra Costa Animal Services posted an update on Facebook Saturday, saying: "The little Chihuahua found on Hwy 680 yesterday is recovering in our shelter after her traumatic experience. We are keeping a close eye on her condition and will post another update when we know more. She may already have a home if her owner doesn't come for her!"