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