Man Spots Puppy On Freeway Cam And Rushes To Save Her
When Gil Estrada first saw the tiny dog wandering through rush hour traffic, there was little he could do but hope for her safety.
"It was hard to watch," Estrada told KNXV-TV. "The dog kept getting so close to being hit."
A reporter for the Arizona Department of Transportation, Estrada was miles away in Phoenix's Traffic Operations Center, watching the wayward puppy via a traffic cam.
Arizona Department of Transportation
Incredibly, the dog managed to dart through traffic and make her way to relative safety, leaping onto a highway median. That's when Estrada jumped in his car and raced to her location.
"I didn't know if it was gonna bite at me, take off and run, or get on the other side of the freeway where I couldn't help it at all," said Estrada. "I approached gently and talked gently and luckily positive things happened."
Estrada then took her back to the control center, where she made lots of friends but provided few answers. The dog had no collar or microchip, so it's still unknown where she came from or how she got on the freeway.
Rescue officials are hoping her owner will come forward within the week. If not, she'll be up for adoption.
"We may normally do large animal rescue, but something about this puppy's situation motivated us to branch outside of the norm," wrote AERO on Facebook. "Since we don't know her name, we'll call her Dottie, as a shout-out to the ADOT employees who rescued her."
If you're interested in adopting Dottie, visit AERO's website here.