Dog Found Running Loose On Highway

Dog on HighwayA dog running on a highway in Canada is lucky to be safe and sound.

On a busy Friday commute, motorists on Highway 401 saw a runaway dog on the passing lane. He seemed to appear out of nowhere, wandered into traffic, and came extremely close to being hit by a car numerous times.

Drivers stopped and opened their car doors, trying to persuade the dog to come to safety. Other people actually got out of their vehicles and tried to catch the running dog. With all of the chaos, noise, and automobiles driving by, this only added to the dog’s confusion and he took off running.

The chase to find the dog seemed to last forever. Highway workers spent almost half an hour trying to catch the dog. Despite not catching him, they did at least scare him off the highway. Animal control officers were next to try and find the loose dog. They finally found him resting in a backyard.

Animal control officers were able to identify the dog and his owner. He belonged to a man with epilepsy, and the dog was specially trained to detect his seizures.

He had been missing for a couple of days, after he became scared by another dog near his house. This runaway dog is definitely fortunate to be safe without so much of a scratch on him.

Source: City News

5 Responses to “Dog Found Running Loose On Highway”

  1. shibadiva says:

    This was a heart-stopper. Highway 401 is Canada’s busiest highway, and it is something like 16 lanes wide where the dog was running. It is usually jam-packed with cars. When I saw the footage, I assumed someone had dumped the dog.

    It was a double shock to see the dog reunited with his human on the 6 o’clock news last night. He’s a lovely dog, looks like a lab-rottie cross, and he has had special training to warn of epileptic seizures.

    Kudos to those who rescued him, and to those brave highway warriors to slowed down to try to help him on a very dangerous road.

  2. Danielle says:

    I’ve often wondered what’s the best thing to do in a situation like this whenever I hear these stories. I mean if you get out of the car to try and catch the dog, often won’t this just make the dog run faster? Fortunately my husband is sort of a Dr. Doolittle and animals just come to him. We saw a dog running through rush hour traffic when on vacation in Rome, and my husband just whistled and bent down and the dog came over to him. But I don’t think I have the same effect!

  3. Lynn says:

    This is an excellent opportunity to bring up the issue of holding Fluffy in your arms with head out the window when you are driving. Oh, I know, your dog LOVES getting the rushing wind in his face - loves seeing activity around him - loves feeling “superior” to the dogs on leashes being walked on the street.

    Now listen up, folks. Any idea what happens to your dog when you vehicle is struck? Depending on the size/weight of the vehicles involved in the collison [or the tree or the wall….] your arms will reflexively release the dog, who will project through the window area and be airborne and subsequently smash to the ground. It’s gruesome. So be a responsible good pet parent and KEEP YOUR PET STRAPPED INTO A PET SEAT RESTRAINT WHILE IN THE VEHICLE. THIS DOES NOT MEAN YOUR ARMS.

  4. shibadiva says:

    There are even debates about whether a wire crate in the back is the wisest thing, should you be hit. The wires can turn into deadly knives if they are broken. Some folks swear by enclosed crates.

    Well, better than sticking the dog in the back of the truck. I hope NO ONE ever tries THAT on the 401.

  5. Jon says:

    My dog wasn’t so lucky. Her name was Maxine she ran off the morning of January 19th, 2007 and was struck by a two trailer semi-truck on highway 191 in Montana she suffered head injuries sustained to the base of the skull that killed her. when I got to the accident scene there was blood in her ears and airways she had suffered a hemorrhage too and was pronounced dead immediately upon arrival to the vet’s clinic. it was not just heartbreaking to lose her but what most of my family said, “it was just a dog, you can get another one like her,” is what most of them said. Maxine wasn’t just a dog, she wasn’t a pet either. she was my best friend and I considered her a family member, dogs to me are so much more than pets, they are my family, my secondary family to be exact. RIP Maxine, I miss you greatly, my heart swells with pride every time I think of you.


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