Chihuahua Rescue on California Highway Creates Social Media Sensation

A big-hearted California Highway Patrol officer saved a terrified Chihuahua from a busy highway's divider, and the picture of the rescue has become a social media sensation.

Officer Alex Edmon plucked the female Chihuahua, which he named “Freeway,” from a highway divider in a San Francisco suburb during rush hour Friday afternoon.

“This little dog needed some help off I-680 freeway today. We’re glad he’s safe,” read a tweet from the California Highway Patrol in Contra Costa County. “We’re big on saving lives,” a subsequent tweet from California Highway patrol read.

The rescue picture has since been re-tweeted nearly 1,000 times and has garnered more than 700 "favorites," as of this writing.

Officer Edmon spotted the pup along the freeway and coaxed her into his arms using a protein bar, California Highway Patrol Public Information Officer John Fransen told ABC News today. The tiny dog was uninjured and taken to a shelter in Martinez, California, by county animal services personnel.

Fransen said the California Highway Patrol division in Contra Costa County was investigating how the puppy wound up on the divider in the first place. “There is no way he could have got there by himself,” he said.

Fransen added that, unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for unwanted animals to be discarded on highway dividers.

“There are such better solutions," Fransen said. "There are a lot of people who would have wanted this little puppy. Instead of discarding it in that manner, where they are essentially giving it a death sentence, just give it to an animal shelter.”

“Freeway,” had no identifying tags, making it difficult to track down any potential owner.

The animal shelter apparently already has received several offers to adopt “Freeway,” and interest in adopting other animals in the same shelter has spiked as a result of people sharing the rescue photo, according to the highway patrol.

"It's a cool result of the story," Fransen said.

Responses to "Motorcycle officer rescues abandoned Chihuahua on busy freeway (VIDEO)"

  1. Anonymous says:

    A sick and cowardly person would do something like this to an animal...

  2. Anonymous says:

    Some people just don't care. It isn't in them to do so. Must be millions of them out there. Unfortunately, they outnumber the caring people, therefore unwanted fur babies everywhere.

  3. Kelli says:

    She could have flown out a car window!!
    You don't know!

  4. Anonymous says:

    To the CHIP Officer: Bless your sweet little heart!! The poor little chihuahua certainly owed its life to you and it now has a MUCH brighter future in store, which will be filled with LOVE. I hope little Freeway never shivers in fear again. AGAIN, thank you officer. Love, Pamela Adams (Facebook)

  5. Anonymous says:

    I agree with you.Only crowel people would leave a helpless animal on the freeway.

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