Chihuahua Recovering After Being Rescued From Freeway in NorCal

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A CHP officer offers a treat to a Chihuahua on the 680 Freeway in Walnut Creek, Calif., on May 9, 2014. (Credit: California Highway Patrol)

A Chihuahua was recovering Saturday at an animal shelter in Northern California after being rescued from a busy freeway by a CHP officer, authorities said.


A Chihuahua was recovering at an animal shelter in Martinez, California, on May 10, 2014, after being rescued from a freeway in nearby Walnut Creek. (Credit: Contra Costa County Animal Services)

“This little dog needed some help off I-680 freeway today,” the California Highway Patrol’s Contra Costa office said Friday on Twitter. The tweet included a photo a motorcycle officer offering a treat to the frightened Chihuahua, which was perched on a divider between the interstate’s northbound and southbound lanes in Walnut Creek (map).

The female dog was then taken to the Contra Costa County Animal Services shelter in Martinez.

“She is extremely scared and allowed only a preliminary exam,” Animal Services said Saturday morning in a Facebook post. “We found nothing obvious, but will do a further exam when she calms down.”

Although it was unclear how the pint-sized pup ended up on the freeway, “it is possible she was found and dumped there,” the agency said.

Dozens of people on social media offered to adopt the dog and expressed gratitude to the CHP for saving her.

“We are keeping a close eye on her condition and will post another update when we know more,” Animal Services said.