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Caught On Camera: Police Save Terrier Dog from Busy Highway

Posted February 06, 2015 in A Pet's Life

A YouTube video filmed by a police car’s dash-cam has gone viral with over 100,000 views in 2 days. What could have been on the video that has so many so interested? It showed two officers rescuing a tiny dog on a busy highway in Fort Worth, Texas.

Officers Allen Speed and Paul Garcia temporarily stopped traffic during their rescue, reports Phillip Townsend (WFAA). In the video below you can see cars speeding by the small rat terrier scurrying down the interstate. During an interview Garcia remarks, “That just phased out, our main concern was trying to rescue this little dog.”

It wasn’t an easy task considering the dog seemed to be nervous and avoiding the officers, luckily enough, reports Townsend, Garcia happened to have dog treats with him and he used those to lure her to safety. Officer Speed explains, “That’s when Officer Garcia grabbed the blanket and then we both threw it over her and snatched her up.” (Unfortunately, this part is missed by the cameras.) Both officers being animal lovers, Garcia said, “You think about your animal.” 

After seeing what happened, those who had been stopped in traffic were honking and applauding the rescue. The dog happened to be stray and the officers decided to name her Beach, after the exit they were near.  Beach was officially adopted Thursday from the Humane Society of North Texas. Garcia adds, “It made us feel good.” (Townsend.)

I think it made a lot of people feel good. Way to go officers!

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Tori has more than 2 years of experience in the pet health industry and is junior editor of IDEXX’s Pet Health Network team.

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