Dog rescued from Phoenix freeway finds new home

Posted at 2:55 PM, Feb 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-07 21:49:01-05

A dog rescued from the middle of a Phoenix freeway has found its "furever" home, complete with signs, treats and lots of love. 

***BREAKING NEWS*** AERO is so happy to announce that Dottie will be going to her new forever family on Saturday...

Posted by Arizona Equine Rescue Organization on Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Arizona Equine Rescue group announced Saturday that the lucky pup, named Dottie, has met her new owners, Denis and Marci. Dottie also has a new sister named Minnie.

The group said it had so many people interested in the dog, they had to draw names out of a hat.

Gil Estrada was sitting at his desk inside the Arizona Department of Transportation Traffic Control Center when he saw the small white dog trapped between speeding cars on State Route 51.

"It was hard to watch. The dog kept getting so close to being hit," said Estrada.

After seeing the dog jump up onto the median between the north and southbound lanes, Estrada rushed out to see if the dog was still there.

He found her sitting on the median near the intersection of State Road 51 and Thunderbird.

"I was worried about when I approached it. 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. I approached gently and talked gently and luckily positive things happened," said Estrada.

In an effort to find the dog's owner, ADOT officials have given the dog to the Arizona Equine Rescue Organization in Scottsdale.

Rescue officials say they will gave the owner up to seven days to claim the dog before adopting her out to a loving home.