A highway median strip is no place for any pet, or human, but for five long weeks, it was home to a beautiful German Shepherd nicknamed “Freeway Frida.” Despite repeated calls to police by members of the public in Galt, Los Angeles, the dog managed to evade capture on the strip of Highway 99 for over a month. It is unknown how she came to be stuck on the strip, or whether she was ever able to escape in search of food or water, but police were determined to bring her to safety.
Galt police officer, Sylvia Coelho, said of their rescue efforts: “People have been calling the police department reporting they keep seeing this dog, but every time we’re out there we can never find the dog… With the help and assistance of CHP, who were awesome to assist us, we were able to catch her after almost five weeks… She fought a little bit, but then she subsided and just laid down. Those big brown eyes were looking up at us like, ‘please help me.’” It sounds as though “Freeway Frida” had finally decided enough was enough, and that she wanted to go home.
Once rescued, “Freeway Frida” or Frida, as she’s now known, was taken to VCA Bradshaw Animal Hospital. She weighed just 44 pounds and was suffering from a broken leg, most likely caused by a car. With a lot of love and attention, this gentle dog’s weight steadily increased to between 65 and 75 pounds, and it’s hoped that her pet parent will come forward, or that she’ll be put up for adoption.
We’d like to wish Frida a speedy recovery, and hope that she’s in a loving home soon.