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.A Chihuahua
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.
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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