A dog's mad dash across a dangerous highway created havoc for drivers and led a Connecticut state trooper on a wild chase on Monday.
Eventually, the little terrier mix was rescued by troopers during the the morning commute and now, the search is on for its owner.
About 7 a.m. Connecticut State Police Trooper Michael Spry responded to some 91 1 calls of a dog roaming through the northbound lanes of Interstate 95 near the Fairfield-Bridgeport border.
"I got out of my car, hopefully he was just going to run into my arms and I'd get him out of the highway. Unfortunately, he had other plans," Spry said. "He took off over through the lanes, all the traffic had slowed because they saw the dog running."
At this point, Trooper Spry had some help. Two of his colleagues along with several drivers stopped their cars and got out to lend a hand. The frightened little dog, running for his life, took shelter...underneath a pick-up truck.
"Between all of us we had gotten the dog out from underneath the pick up truck, got the leash on him and got him into my car, got him off the highway nice and safe," Spry said.
Connecticut State Police tweeted a picture of trooper Spry and his backseat passenger as they drove to the Troop G Barracks in Bridgeport.
Paws and see if you recognize this little guy rescued on 95N in Fairfield this morning. (the dog, not the trooper) pic.twitter.com/5dJXQyFR9I— CT State Police (@CT_STATE_POLICE) May 9, 2016
Fairfield Animal Control Officer Joe Felner arrived to pick-up the male terrier-mix.
He estimated the dog is 1-to-3 years old.
"This dog was definitely somebody's pet at one point," Felner said. "However, we do believe he's been out for a while due to how bad he's matted and how thin he actually is."
The dog had no collar. And Felner scanned it for a micro-chip, but they had no luck.
If you think this is your dog, people are being asked to contact authorities in Fairfield and bring along some paperwork.
"If they have any kind of vaccination records or vet records, that's a big positive for them, so we ask that you bring that with you," Felner said. "'And it's proof for you?' It is proof for us, yeah."
If the rightful owner does not come forward, the dog will be put up for adoption eight days from Monday.
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