When you get caught in a huge traffic jam, what comes to mind? Maybe you envision an accident up ahead, or a lengthy construction zone with workers waving bright flags.
Perhaps you assume it’s due to merging cars, or you may automatically attribute the problem to some clown who decided to cut everyone off so he could make it to work on time.
Commuters in North Phoenix probably pictured all of these things and more, when they were recently caught in quite a snag along I-17. The massive backup wasn’t moving anywhere, after all, so everyone had plenty of time to consider the possible causes.
But motorists up toward the front of this chaotic convoy spotted the true culprit pretty quickly. And if they could have spread the word among their fellow drivers, nobody would have believed it.
A dog. Yes, you read that right: A cute, white, fluffy, scruffy canine was scampering in an alarmed and serpentine fashion along the road — bringing every single lane to a standstill.
Concerned citizens had begun stopping their cars in a concerted effort to avoid the petrified pooch. After a few minutes, many even exited their vehicles to helpfully pursue the nervous pup across the pavement.
Highway troopers got involved. Then the Arizona Department of Public Safety began officially halting traffic flow, as helpful humans scrambled in all directions trying to catch this furry frightened fellow.
According to news reports, a female canine companion had been caught somewhat earlier with little comparative fanfare. “She came up and put her head next to me,” said local animal control officer Megan Smith, who added that “I was able to pick her up, and she was very sweet.”
But obviously, the male dog was a different story altogether. A newswoman was able to zoom out on all the comical commotion, and her son posted the resulting video on social media.
Subsequent footage shows that the fast-maneuvering mutt finally managed to make it to a nearby trailer park, just off the freeway. After successfully scurrying away from a number of caring residents, the canine was ultimately coaxed into custody by two kindhearted women.
DPS officials told media outlets that they weren’t sure where the dogs originally came from. However, animal control officers explained that each canine will be held for 10 days, then put up for adoption.
If the sheer number of involved motorists offers any indication, both pups will have a sizable audience tracking the outcome of their story. Getting them to the shelter was a true team effort — but here’s hoping they find loving families who provide unlimited TLC.
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