PICTURE: Look! It’s a Chihuahua ON the Center Median of I-680 in Walnut Creek

May 10, 2014 3:20 am · 56 comments


The California Highway Patrol’s Contra Costa Division tweeted this picture late Friday night with the caption “This little dog needed some help off I-680 freeway today. We’re glad he’s safe.”

We’re glad he’s safe, too! Awesome job, CHP!

photo: CHP Contra Costa on Twitter – @320PIO

j. May 10, 2014 at 6:30 AM

We call those barriers the Chihuahua Highway

momo May 10, 2014 at 6:53 AM

Somebody had to put the poor little thing up there. Never could have jumped up on its own. Nor could it have made it across the freeway by it’s self either. How cruel is that!!!!

just me May 10, 2014 at 7:11 AM

It probably escaped from the Martinez Animal Shelter! There are only about a million Chi’s and Pit Bulls in there…He was headin’ back to the border!

EdiBirsan May 10, 2014 at 7:22 AM

So how did it get up there in the first place?

Dr. Jellyfinger® May 10, 2014 at 7:47 AM

Poor little guy. He must have been plenty scared to jump all the way up on top of the center divider.

Debbie Downer May 10, 2014 at 7:49 AM

Probably here illegally too.

Silva May 10, 2014 at 7:52 AM

Well bless his/her heart! One of the rewarding part of being a CHP!

Cat Smith May 10, 2014 at 7:57 AM

How in the world did that little baby get there??? Wow!

makes no sense May 10, 2014 at 8:15 AM

Angry boy/girlfriend places small dog on median because they’d run out of tires to slash and windows to break? Sick and twisted.

Or maybe the other Chihuahuas dared him.

94598 May 10, 2014 at 8:28 AM

Now I know how to keep the cops busy– I can drive 85 now!!

MadMom May 10, 2014 at 8:28 AM

Best story to start the day! Thanks Mayor:)

OhSoCasual May 10, 2014 at 8:30 AM

I’m curious as to how that happened…

PH Dad May 10, 2014 at 8:39 AM

Nice job.

Is that a “post puppy”? Kind of like a post turtle…

Mimi (original) May 10, 2014 at 8:39 AM

Omg! How the heck did that poor little thing get out there? I shudder to think of some of the possibilities!

Princess May 10, 2014 at 8:51 AM

How can some one do that ); criminal you will get caught eventually . I’m so thanks to this CHP for keeping this dog safe. your amazing *~*

Constant Reader May 10, 2014 at 8:53 AM

Thank you CHP for caring!

RynDogRun May 10, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Maybe it’s just me, but
something about this looks
“setup.” There just hapened
to be a photographer right
there in the middle if the
freeway? The officer paused
long enough for the
photographer to snap the
photo? The animal was just
poised on the narrow center
divide? And, it didn’t move
from the time it was noticed
until someone arrived to
rescue it? Wasn’t a cat found
in the same predicament just
a few weeks ago? Seems
suspicious to me.

Chester E. Kitty May 10, 2014 at 9:43 AM

@RynDogRun … I’m sure another CHP officer took the photo.

I wonder, too, how he got up on the divider. Someone had to have put him there. He is too little to climb up there. Good job, CHP!!!!!

Cynthia May 10, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Saw this on my way south about 3, CHP on both sides. Poor pup looked dead, they were gone when I came back through.

Anonymous May 10, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Lucky it wwas CHP. One can only wonder what LAPD would have done.

Cy Nical May 10, 2014 at 9:48 AM

I had one just like that on the back ledge of my Cheby, it’s head would go up and down when you hit a bump.

Cat Wrangler May 10, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Poor baby. Thank Heavens that heroes from the CHP rescued him! Hope he is adopted by loving heroes that will shower him with kindness, love and affection for the rest of his life.

Barbosa May 10, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Sadly most chihuahuas in shelters do not get adopted into permanent homes. As a previous commenter said, shelters are overflowing with them so their stay at shelters most likely will not end well.

Seriously? May 10, 2014 at 10:18 AM

At first I must admit I thought it was photo shopped. But #17, everyone with a cell phone is now a photographer. And if if you were that tiny little dog, with cars buzzing by you in both directions, you would stay put too. Where’s he going to go?

MadMom May 10, 2014 at 10:38 AM

Anyone with a cell phone can snap a quick photo. I don’t see this as a staged production.
My question is like most other’s here. How did the dog get there in the first place? There are some pretty cruel people on this planet!

Anonymous May 10, 2014 at 11:17 AM

There are “traffic monitoring” cameras along most of 680, aren’t there? Would bet footage would show what bastard put the poor little soul up there.

So Happy he was rescued... May 10, 2014 at 11:25 AM

probably in the shelter now with all the other chihuahuas, can’t understand why there are so many. Pitbulls; we all know why there’s an overpopulation.

Michelle Campbell May 10, 2014 at 11:36 AM

thank you to the fearless officers WITH a heart!!!

Julio May 10, 2014 at 12:26 PM

So happy he was rescued—- Chihuahuas can be difficult to maintain. If you have a barker that will drive you nuts. A nervous one can be a hand full. They need a lot of attention. I can see why they go back to the pound. We love Chihuahuas. You just have to roll with the punches. Not a dog around most little kids though. Ours even hates tall men. But, we wouldn’t trade any of ours for anything. Thanks, CHP!

sam May 10, 2014 at 1:25 PM

some sob, had to have placed this little dog there, to die; if you can’t provide great care, for any one of God’s children, you can easily find a good home for them, employing the use of internet, social networks, to spread the word; to all of you, who can easily give this chihuahua or any one of God’s little critters, a wonderful home to live, please consider this act of nobility.

sam May 10, 2014 at 1:27 PM

…. by contacting your local animal shelter. thank you.

Campos Tree Service May 10, 2014 at 2:36 PM

We would have rescued it at no charge.

Sandy May 10, 2014 at 3:33 PM

All that matters is that the dog is safe – hooray for the CHP!

Antler May 10, 2014 at 3:55 PM

It was a depraved person to have been so cruel to the dog. And had the dog jumped and started running, it and many human beings could have been killed because of swerving vehicles.

Horse n around May 10, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Maybe he was sitting on someone’s lap as they were driving and they had their window down and he jumped out. Just one more reason not to drive with your dog on your lap.

Oh come on... May 10, 2014 at 4:10 PM

You really think somebody stopped their car in the middle of the freeway, got out, and placed a dog on top of the k-rail so it would eventually run into traffic and die? Does that actually make more sense to you than the possibility that it simply escaped from somebody’s home and made it’s way onto the freeway? There are plenty of times that traffic is light enough for a dog to get to the median without being run over. Hell, I’m old and slow, and I could probably do it.

RunDogRun May 10, 2014 at 4:18 PM

@27 So Happy he was rescued…

I have a theory as to why Chihuahua’s
are flooding animal shelters and animal
rescue groups. Paris Hilton and Brittney
Spears used them as fashion accessories
on the red carpet for several years
making them attractive to a lot of
teenage girls who’s interest waned
when it was discovered they actually
required care … especially after they had
a litter or two.

N's Mom May 10, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Thank YOU LE!!! <3

Yeah CHP May 10, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Awesome officer! god bless you!

sue May 10, 2014 at 5:39 PM

thair are alot of a– —– in this world. Would like to put the person that did it in the middel of the freway .

sue May 10, 2014 at 5:39 PM

thank you CHP..

Wa Wa May 10, 2014 at 5:45 PM

This is why Chihuahuas should not hitch hike.

Cowellian May 10, 2014 at 6:02 PM

Too Cool!
We saw this story on a local news broadcast, here in Nashville.

funny man May 10, 2014 at 7:19 PM

okay who posted this on reddit?

chi owner May 10, 2014 at 8:20 PM

Seriously, whoever did this to this innocent animal should be euthanized. That’s a psycho who would think to do this.

Abbie R. May 10, 2014 at 8:55 PM

And I always thought that “Speedy Gonzales” was a rodent!

jrconcord May 10, 2014 at 9:21 PM

oh he was out looking for Taco Bell!

The Realist May 10, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Considering this section of freeway has a 20 foot sound wall on both sides for at least a mile… The pouch was definitely placed there by some scumbag.

Baby Bull May 10, 2014 at 11:53 PM

Now what happens to the poor dog?

I'm The Urban Spaceman May 11, 2014 at 12:57 AM

>>Baby Bull May 10, 2014 at 11:53 PM
Now what happens to the poor dog?<<

¿Adopted by some woman's purse?

Tami May 11, 2014 at 1:54 AM

There had to be a witness to this, someone stopped on the left hand side of the freeway at that time? The video on the news showed her just shaking and shivering, scared to death, we live in a cruel world… Sad.

@The Realist May 11, 2014 at 7:53 AM

There are plenty of spots where a Chihuahua can get through the sound wall.

@ CTS #32 May 11, 2014 at 12:02 PM


@53 May 11, 2014 at 12:06 PM

It’s a chihuahua not a cat.

Let me spell it out for you, chihuahuas can’t climb 2.5′ medians.

If you consider the height of the median and the height of a car window you may have a Newton moment and realize that they wouldn’t even need to get out of the car. Since you are not worried about the dog it would take three seconds.

Suzanne May 11, 2014 at 12:57 PM

All of those big hulking cars staring that little chihuahua down like that; they can be vicious pooches but I can’t see what he did to deserve that. It must have been a sight, but I’m glad he’s ok and in the pound where he will be safe.

@55 May 11, 2014 at 2:43 PM

You’ve clearly never owned a Chihuahua if you think they can’t jump 2.5 feet.

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