German Shepherd Dodges I-95 Traffic

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The first available tape of this runaway dog was terrifying to watch – news that the pooch had escaped unscathed had not yet been reported when it was released. The PennDOT footage was not part of a news report, and simply showed one near miss after another as this lost German Shepherd wound through lanes of I-95 traffic in Philadelphia.

Captured by police and turned over to the city’s animal control shelter, the stray was given a clean bill of health after a medical exam. “The early word is that she appears she will be all right medically,” said Wendy Marano, spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. “She is an older animal, and she looks like she’s been fending for herself on the streets for a while, so she’s a little skittish.”

Adoption applications are already coming in, but it will be a few days before she is available. Shelter employees have affectionately nicknamed the wandering survivor Northbound.

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18 thoughts on “German Shepherd Dodges I-95 Traffic”

  1. My mom would have pulled over and tried to coax the poor thing into her car! In fact, she actually did that once on her way home from work, in rush hour traffic when a poor pit bull was weaving between traffic on the interstate. She stopped, right in her lane, and got out to get the dog! She didn’t even care that she backed up traffic. She couldn’t stand to drive on knowing that poor dog was on such a busy interstate and might be killed. She immediately drove it to the shelter.

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  2. And we can only imagine how exhausted she must have been after those four hours. Thank dogness so many were willing to try to help her. Just thinking of what could have happened is very scary.

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  3. For all we know the people who did not get out of their cars could have been calling for help. Besides for all they knew the dog could have had rabies or could have attacked. Stopping their cars was getting involved. I just don’t think it is a fair thing to say about the people who were there.

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    • We all want to help but you have to be careful on a road with heavy traffic. Last year here in Phoenix a lady did the same thing and was killed. When she got out of the car to rescue the dog running loose on the freeway she was hit by another car. Horrible for someone who was just trying to help.

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  4. Ya know, my favorite part of this story is “Adoption applications are already coming in…” What a great end to a very close call. Now this poor old girl will get her forever home!

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