DES MOINES, Iowa (WOI) – A dog who found himself in a very dangerous situation is now safe, thanks to teamwork by Animal Control Officer Tina and Des Moines Police.
Tuesday night, a surge of calls began coming in about a dog on Interstate 235 around Sixth Avenue. The dog was reported to be running east in the westbound lanes. Animal Control Officer Tina rushed to where the reports were coming from, but the dog was still running. By the time she was able to get near him, he was past Guthrie Avenue.
There was a lot of traffic on the interstate for it being so late at night and the dog was in serious danger, so she requested assistance from Des Moines Police. Officers Terrones and Mock quickly responded, and after about 20 minutes they were able to block traffic and position their vehicles so the dog stopped long enough for Officer Tina to approach him and get a leash on him.
Thankfully, the dog had a microchip, and at 11 p.m., Officer Tina was able to reach the dog’s owner. It turns out 9-year-old Bear had gotten loose while his owner was planting flowers that day. His owner was extremely grateful that Bear was safe and shocked that he had made it all the way to the interstate since it is quite a ways away from her home. Bear is now back home and safe with his very relieved family.