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CHP officer saves Chihuahua from interstate


The center divider of Interstate 680 is not a place you want to be — especially if you’re a Chihuahua.

It’s a small wall of concrete that separates multiple northbound lanes of whizzing traffic from multiple southbound lanes of whizzing traffic, and the top of it is only about as wide as … well, a Chihuahua.

A California Highway Patrol officer spotted the dog atop the divider around 6 p.m. Friday, near the North Main Street overpass in Walnut Creek, and used a protein bar to coax it toward him.

The dog, uninjured, was taken by Contra Costa Animal Services personnel to an animal shelter in Martinez, the CBS affiliate in San Francisco reported.

CHP Officer John Fransen said it’s likely someone left the dog there.

“As sad as it sounds, it actually happens pretty often,” he said.

Since Friday night, there have been several offers from the public to adopt the dog, the officer said


Comment from Jen Brighton
Time May 14, 2014 at 10:43 am

Thank you Officer Fransen. You’re a hero for stopping for this little pup. Many would rather run it over. Glad it’s safe.

On another note, why is it that dogs that make the news get so many offers for adoption when there are excellent dogs waiting to be adopted every day that don’t make it? Maybe that should be a new ploy of rescues to up their adoption rates–fabricate a story the wrenches people’s hearts. Just kidding, but…