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Rescued I-680 'Freeway' Chihuahua Reunited With Family

(Photo credit: Contra Costa Animal Services.)
(Photo credit: Contra Costa Animal Services.)
A Chihuahua rescued from Interstate Highway 680 in Walnut Creek during rush hour last week has been reunited with its family, Contra Costa Animal Services officials said Thursday.

The small dog, dubbed "Freeway" by animal services officials after it was found on the highway's concrete center divider around 6 p.m. on May 9, was picked up by its family, which includes two little girls and their father, animal services officials said.

[Previous: Big CHP Heroes Make Wee Save; Chihuahua Rescued From I-680 Divider.]

California Highway Patrol officials speculated at the time that the dog had been abandoned on the freeway.

However it turned out the dog, known as Charm by its owners, had escaped from the backyard of its home near the freeway, and the girls had been posting Instagram photos of their lost dog ever since, officials said.

The dog drew multiple offers from members of the public eager to adopt, prompting animal services officials to urge people to take that passion and put it toward the adoption of another dog that needs a home.

"We are ALL very happy for the family, who have learned a very valuable and expensive lesson in pet licensing, microchipping, spaying, good fencing and the power of social media!" the Contra Costa animal services folks wrote on Facebook.

--Bay City News
V_Therese May 17, 2014 at 02:05 PM
Where did my comment go? Repeating: This dog is a bit bigger/taller than it looked crouched down on the divider wall (see picture of the officer holding it). Also, those divider walls often have breaks or low spots where the dog could have jumped up onto it. Good job by the officer(s) in rescuing it, though!
Jarry Archibald May 28, 2014 at 04:19 PM
How did the dog get up on the median? Did they ever figure that out?
Colleen Finley May 28, 2014 at 04:46 PM
This is NEWS? Anyone bother to ASK why the dog was there in the first place?
RG May 31, 2014 at 12:27 PM
Wow
Desert Rat May 31, 2014 at 01:09 PM
It was a Taco Bell marketing scheme gone bad.

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