Dog rescued from PHX freeway needs new home

Posted at 5:50 PM, Jan 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-26 19:50:17-05

A dog rescued from the middle of a Phoenix freeway is in need of a "furever" home.

Gil Estrada was sitting at his desk inside the Arizona Department of Transportation Traffic Control Center when he saw it. A 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.

Estrada took the dog back to ADOT's control center where employees have become quite attached to her.

She's just a wonderful dog. She's friendly and loving." said Tom Herrmann with ADOT.

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 give the owner 5 - 7 days to claim the dog before adopting her out to a loving home. 

The dog has been seen by a veterinarian and is currently in good health.

If you are interested in adopting the dog Arizona Equine asks that you contact them through their website.