PHOENIX (NBC News)–A worker with the Arizona Department of Transportation was monitoring traffic Monday night when he saw a white puppy dodging traffic on State Route 51.
Gil Estrada, who monitors traffic cameras in Phoenix, watched the dog move across the highway before deciding to take a break on the median between the northbound and southbound lanes.
Estrada jumped in his car and drove to pick her up–she was still on the median, cowering. She had been out there for owner an hour.
“She was lucky, and she was brave, too,” Estrada told NBC station KPNX.
“She knew that she was in peril if she moved anywhere, and she just stayed there,” he said. “I was just happy to go out there and pick her up.”
The puppy is now at an Arizona Equine Rescue Organization shelter. It usually handles large animals like horses, but “something about this puppy’s situation motivated us to branch outside of the norm,” the organization said in a Facebook post Monday night.
“Since we don’t know her name, we’ll call her Dottie, as a shout out to the ADOT employees who rescued her.”
Authorities have not tracked down her owner. Shelter officials told NBC Wednesday that she appears well cared for.