Internet Rejoices Over Tiny Chihuahua Rescued From Busy Highway Median

If you were online over the weekend, surely you saw this photo. A small, cowering chihuahua was perched precariously on a concrete highway divider while a police officer tried to lure her into his arms. At rush hour on Friday night, this was a dangerous situation.

California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer Alex Edmon is the man in that photo. CHP responded to drivers’ calls reporting a chihuahua running around in traffic on northbound I-680 near Walnut Creek, Calif.

Somehow, by the time Edmon and his partner arrived, the dog was on top of the concrete center divider, with traffic rocketing by on either side. She was petrified with fear.

“We attempted to coax it, we could tell it was very frightened,” Edmon told NBC BayArea. “It was shaking — we were able to pet it a little bit, but other than that we could tell it was not happy.”

Edmon tried to encourage the dog to come to him with trail mix, but she was having none of that. Eventually, bits of a protein bar did the trick.

Edmon couldn’t transport the little dog on his motorcycle, so he and his partner called local animal control to the scene. They took the frightened two-year-old female to Contra Costa Animal Services in Martinez, Calif. She was not injured and had no collar, tags or microchip.

Watch a news report from KRON TV about this rescue here:

Social Media Sends Big Love to CHP

The online frenzy began after CHP tweeted a photo of the rescue on Friday evening. They said, “This little dog needed some help off I-680 freeway today. We’re glad he’s safe. #CHP #Safe #Dog #DogTreats.” It didn’t take long for the entire Internet to snap to attention and fall in love with the dog, nicknamed “Freeway.”

So far, Twitter users have retweeted the rescue photo almost 1,000 times. Many social media users tweeted their appreciation to CHP for ensuring this innocent little sweetheart got to safety.

No one knows how Freeway got onto that concrete divider. Surely she didn’t jump up there herself. So far, though, no one has come forward with information.

“As of right now there are no witnesses that actually saw someone take the dog out of a car and leave it there,” Edmon told NBC BayArea.

Sadly, this sort of highway median abandonment happens all the time to countless dogs and cats. CHP will respond to save any animals reported on the road, but often they can’t get there in time.

“They don’t always have a fighting chance,” CHP officer John Fransen told the Los Angeles Times.

Update: Little Freeway is Fine and Almost Ready to Go Home

Over the weekend, staffers at Contra Costa Animal Services spent some time with Freeway. According to their Facebook page:

She was obviously very scared because of her ordeal, but is starting to relax and come out of her shell. Today on Mother’s [D]ay, two of our wonderful kennel technicians spent their lunch socializing her and helping her overcome her fear.

The photos below show a decidedly happier dog than she was on Friday afternoon:

freeway is feeling much better now

Freeway is recovering nicely from her ordeal. Photos courtesy Contra Costa Animal Services Facebook page.

“I would try to encourage everybody to try and rescue any dog they can,” Edmon told NBC BayArea. “Animal control has already been inundated with calls for this particular dog because of the story, but don’t be discouraged if you can’t get this exact dog, look for other dogs out there.”

Thanks to an eagle-eyed CHP officer, little Freeway made it through this ordeal in one piece. She can look forward to a happy new forever home, courtesy of the caring commuters who called to notify CHP and the motorcycle officers who responded and rescued her.

Yes, there are good people in the world and they deserve their moment of social media applause. Hats off to Freeway’s heroes — the dog-loving officers of the CHP.

Photo credit: Contra Costa CHP/Twitter


Jim Ven
Jim Ven2 years ago

thanks for the article.

Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Janice Thompson
Janice Thompson3 years ago

My "Awe" and disgusted with humans moment. Poor baby was abandoned on that freeway. I'd be shaking too.

Robert O.
Robert O3 years ago

I love this story and think it's wonderful. Thanks.

Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe3 years ago

Congratulations to Alex Edmon and the animal control for rescuing little Freeway!!
I hope someone adopts her and gives her the love and home that she deserves after such a scary ordeal for her!

Jennifer H.
Jennifer H3 years ago

Finally, some good news about an officer. Kudos to him. You know someone had to put her on that divider and from the sounds of it she was running the road and the put on top of the divider. Who ever put the dog on the divider is just as responsible for her being abandoned and should also be punished.

Free adoptions? That is too non-committal. They have nothing invested in the animal so why worry about its care if it doesn't work out or yet the possibility of bait dog.

Melania Padilla
Melania P3 years ago

Awww so good that was not a bad officer!

Marianne R.
Marianne R3 years ago

Thank you.

Charmaine C.
Charmaine C3 years ago

Way to go CHP guys! Bless you for your concern and compassion.

Kathy L: I looked at the dog fighting site. It's utterly harrowing. I feel desperate and heartsick for these poor, poor animals. I imagine that even when adoptions are charged for, debased and disconnected psychopaths will find ways to acquire bait animals.

Camilla Vaga
Camilla Vaga3 years ago