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Michigan Freeway Dog Adopted!


MARION TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A dog rescued from Interstate 96 on Oct. 11 by a Michigan state trooper has been adopted by Kendra Zapton of Marion Township.

“He’s awesome,” Zapton told the Daily Press & Argus. “He was probably 56 pounds when I adopted him. Less than two weeks later, he had gained 12 pounds. He’s not heavy; he’s healthy-looking. … It was love at first sight. It’s kind of crazy.” She’s named him Freeway.

Trooper Deanne Oswald-DeBottis responded to the scene on the report of a large dog running in traffic. Motorists were swerving to avoid the dog, while others stopped to help rescue the dog. Oswald-DeBottis was able to coax the dog to her. The Labrador was frightened, exhausted and had all paws injured and bleeding. He was treated by a local veterinarian.

When no owner showed up to claim it, the dog was put up for adoption.

“I called (the dog) Freeway a couple of times, and he took to it like that,” Zapton told the Daily Press & Argus. “He knows his name. His fractured front paw is still healing, but he’s happy in his new home.”

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11 years ago

I love this story! He got adopted so quickly and kudos to the state trooper that had a kind heart!!!!!!

Alexander James
11 years ago

Yeah, a BIG kudos to the trooper! She gave him a fighting chance.

Steve Lee
Steve Lee
11 years ago

Hooray for a heroic police officer… many are too quick to pull their guns and kill dogs…my hats off to this fine officer….and the person who adopted this great animal.!!

11 years ago

Bless these people and their compassion.  This is gonna be one lucky pup. Thank  you to the trooper who opened her heart.


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