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Good Samaritans Stop Traffic on Highway To Help Save Dog That Ran Away After Car Accident

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It’s heartbreaking to see a terrified dog on the loose, especially around traffic. It’s dangerous for both the dog on the run and the humans trying to help, but thankfully there are people out there willing to work together to help out in these kinds of situations.

Toby Tinelli got a taste of just how many good Samaritans live in his area on Sunday afternoon. According to Tinelli, a large dog had broken free from its owner after they got into a car accident.

The pup, which looks to be an Airedale terrier, was running, dragging its leash, on Beltway 8 in Houston, Texas. The owner chased after it but the dog was panicked and tore off.

Instead of passing by the frantic dog, drivers started to slow down and some jumped out of their cars to try to redirect the wayward animal.

“We were in the first wave of vehicles that saw the dog running and every car immediately put their flashers on and began slowing down to try and help,” Tinelli told Forbes.

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“A few cars tried to navigate the dog to the shoulder and block it in so they could grab it, but the dog kept running. Eventually, a group of about seven vehicles made a circle surrounding the pup and slowed down to help the dog stop and be caught.”

“That worked and the dog ran back towards traffic and several people got out of their cars to slowly corral her and let us get ahold of her leash.”

Tinelli recorded the chase and the eventual capture, and you can see how scared the dog is. Though chasing a frightened dog can often be counterproductive, especially when there’s a chance you can scare it into oncoming traffic, enough people were aware of the situation and working together to corner the dog and escort it to the side of the freeway.

“It was amazing how calm and patient everyone was to allow traffic to come to halt in the middle of one of the busiest highways in Houston,” he added. “Everyone just wanted to get that dog to safety and off the road.”

Eventually, the dog’s owner caught up to them and, according to Tinelli, was grateful to have his dog back.

“He had been running on the shoulder chasing after her,” he explained. “He looked exhausted but very relieved that he had his baby back.”

Video of the dog on the side of the freeway shows the poor Airedale’s paws bleeding from being torn up. While one witness suggested that the broken glass might’ve caused the wounds, it’s also possible that the dog tore up its pads just by running on the rough road surface for an extended period of time.

“The owner was taking him straight to the vet,” one commenter wrote. “We couldn’t see any cuts, but he was running for a mile on the beltway. We think he might’ve run through glass.”

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In the end, the dog was back where it belonged, and drivers seemed happy to work together to save the animal’s life.

“I am so proud of my community and city for coming together like this,” Tinelli told Forbes. “There are so many good people out there and sometimes things like this are a great reminder of that.”

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
Austin, Texas
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