This image provided by the Contra Costa, California CHP shows an officer rescuing a Chihuahua off Interstate 680 in Walnut Creek. The Contra Costa CHP posted the photo of the rescue on Twitter saying: "This little dog needed some help off I-680 freeway today. We're glad he's safe."Many Twitter users thanked the CHP for saving the small dog. Others wondered where it had shown up from.
The tiny Chihuahua whose freeway rescue by California Highway Patrol went viral has been reunited with its owners, Contra Costa Animal Services said.
The scared dog was found stranded on a roadway median on Interstate 680 in Walnut Creek last week during rush hour. Contra Costa CHP officers tweeted out a picture after rescuing the dog, and received a slew of thank you messages from around the country.
Nobody knew at the time where the dog came from — whether she had been abandoned or escaped from her owners. Contra Costa Animal Services took the dog into their care at their Martinez shelter, saying that she would be put up for adoption if nobody claimed her.
On Thursday, Contra Costa Animal Services said that "the owners and their small children were tearfully reunited with their lost dog," whose name is "Charm."
"They had been looking for her since she escaped from their backyard," the agency added.
Now that the little Chihuahua's story has had a happy ending, the agency wants to raise awareness about the other homeless shelter dogs waiting for adoption.
"They haven't had the media attention this little Chihuahua has had, but they are just as deserving," the agency said.
For more information on how to adopt a pet from the Contra Costa Animal Services, visit their Facebook page.