BALDWIN PARK (CBS) — A three-year-old pit bull mix is a lucky dog, thanks to a valiant rescue organized by the California Highway Patrol.
The pup was spotted living in the median of the San Bernardino (10) Freeway in Baldwin Park for over a week. Motorists and CHP officers reported seeing the dog dodging in and out of traffic on the busy highway.
Animal Control officers went to work Wednesday with a priority of saving the canine they named Rudolph, in honor of the holiday season.
CHP officers stopped traffic on the 10 around 1 p.m., while animal control officers moved in to rescue the stray.
Animal Control Officer Alfred Aguirre says Rudolph was likely not homeless for very long.
“We were able to go ahead and pet him, and kind of work with him a little bit,” says Aguirre. “Most animals we come in contact with that are feral, or stray for a long period of time actually don’t let us get too friendly.”
Rudolph will go up for adoption on Dec. 29.
“He’d make a great pet for anybody that’s looking for a dog like this,” says Aguirre. “As long as it’s a nicely fenced in yard.”