One dog in Texas probably doesn’t realize it, but he could have died Monday if it wasn’t for an animal-loving cop who shut down an entire highway to save him.
Police Officer Kyle Jones is being called a hero by residents of La Porte, Texas, after he shut down a highway the small dog was walking down.
Rat terrier Cujo escaped his yard on Monday morning. The Zapalac family, his owners, immediately started searching for him everywhere. They had other family members and friends help search the neighborhood, but were unable to locate him.
After rain started falling, they became extremely worried, as Cujo “hates water.”
Somehow, Cujo had made his way to a local highway and was just starting to trot down the busy freeway when Jones spotted him.
He decided he was going to shut down the freeway when he realized the dog would die.
“He’s not going to make it if I don’t do something. When I saw it and saw the size of it, I immediately hit my lights and shut all the lanes off. You know how Chihuahuas are. You’re not really sure if you can trust ‘em or not. But he kind of looked at me and said, ‘Man, I’m glad you’re here.’ He let me pick him right up. Stuck him in the back seat of the patrol car,” Jones said.
He then took Cujo to an animal control officer who contacted the owners.
Don and Diwanna Zapalac have since written a letter thanking Officer Jones.
“He said an officer had seen him in the middle of Spencer Hwy. and the officer had stopped traffic to help our little guy! Words cannot describe how grateful I am for this wonderful, caring officer and his kind deed!! It is a wonderful feeling to know we have people like him looking out for us,” the letter reads.
The family said Cujo is resting and being a normal dog, thanks to the officer who saved his life.