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.”