Dog finally rescued after 5 weeks living near California freeway


GALT, CA (WCMH)–Police in the Sacramento area were finally able to rescue a German shepherd from the highway, five weeks after she fell off the back of a pickup truck without her owners noticing.

KCRA reports that officers in Galt first received a call about the dog on April 10. “Freeway Frida” was seen several times wandering down the center median of Highway 99 in some oleander bushes. Dozens of calls came in to the police department, and officers kept searching fruitlessly. For a while, the calls tapered off and Galt Police Officer Silvia Coelho said she was worried the pup had died.

However, another sighting of Frida was reported about 6:30 a.m. Saturday. Coelho told KCRA she knew it was now or never.

With the help of the California Highway Patrol, Galt police shut down the highway and found the dog, who initially put up a fight against being captured and continued to hide from officers. But the malnourished and scared dog finally gave in.

“She just laid down and looked at us with those big brown eyes and was like, ‘Oh thank you,’ and like, ‘Please help me,’” Coelho told KCRA.

The officers took Frida to a local animal hospital, where veterinarian Mike Johnson diagnosed Frida with a broken tibia and said she weighed about 21 pounds fewer than what a typical German shepherd should.

“We were speculating on what she’s been doing for food and water these last five weeks,” Johnson said. “Maybe the rain.” He said the dog must have had a good home one day, because she warmed up to the veterinary staff eventually.

Coelho says she has considered adopting the dog, but said she may not be home enough.

However, just being able to keep the dog safe made Coelho feel like she did her part.

“It made our day,” Coelho said. “The whole day we were just all smiles and so happy.”

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