Dog Rescued After Two Months Living On Freeway Median


Oleander survived living by the median bushes on Interstate 10 in Banning, California for at least two months.

For the past two months, people reported that a dog was near the freeway median. California Highway Patrol and animal control officers would try to approach and rescue the dog, but when they came close, she would run away into a thick patch of oleander bushes and disappear.

On November 17, a police officer was finally able to persuade Oleander into his patrol car.

When she was brought in, this golden retriever mix weighed only 35 pounds. Even though she was extremely thin, Oleander was in good health except for a fractured front right leg. She will undergo surgery to fix her leg in about a month, and the Department of Animal Services will pay for her medical bills.

John Welsh, a spokesman for the Riverside County Department of Animal Services, thinks that Oleander survived for two months by eating mice and other rodents by the highway.

Oleander, described as “a real sweetheart” will be up for adoption after her surgery.

Source: The Press-Enterprise

6 Responses to “Dog Rescued After Two Months Living On Freeway Median”

  1. Nora and Rufus says:

    She looks like the SWEETEST little Golden!!!!! How pretty!

  2. stargirl says:

    its very fortunate that oleander did not eat any of the oleander bushes she was living in. they are toxic to dogs!

  3. catmom5 says:

    I am so glad that this beautiful doggirl has been saved and will soon be on her way to a wonderful, forever home. If I wasn’t thousands of miles away I’d be on my way to adopt her.

    Thanks to all those who were so persistent in trying to catch her. What luck (or grace) that she survived so long in such a dangerous area.


  4. Olga says:

    omg This is so awesome,,,I’m so happy to hear all of this..

  5. mikken says:

    Another cop helping out a dog in need! Yay good cops!

  6. kaefamily says:

    That is a beautiful mutt. She will not have a problem finding a home. May it be a loving one.

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