Little Dog Stranded on Busy Highway Rescued by Traffic Worker

PHOTO: An Arizona Department of Transportation traffic operations center worker rescued a dog stranded in the middle of a Arizona State Route 51 near Phoenix during the evening rush hour on Jan. 25, 2016. azdot.gov
An Arizona Department of Transportation traffic operations center worker rescued a dog stranded in the middle of a Arizona State Route 51 near Phoenix during the evening rush hour on Jan. 25, 2016.

A little dog who was stranded on a busy highway near Phoenix, Arizona, during rush hour has been rescued -- thanks to the traffic workers who spotted the pup on a traffic camera.

The dog had been running against the direction of traffic on northbound lanes of Rt. 51 on Monday evening, according to a news release by the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Operators from ADOT's Traffic Operations Center "watched her try to jump onto the median wall" and "after many tries, she finally made it," said ADOT Public Information Officer Caroline Carpenter in the release.

The pup was stuck on the median for about an hour until traffic reporter Gil Estrada was able to pick the dog up, ADOT said.

PHOTO: An Arizona Department of Transportation traffic operations center worker rescued a dog stranded in the middle of a Arizona State Route 51 near Phoenix during the evening rush hour on Jan. 25, 2016. azdot.gov
An Arizona Department of Transportation traffic operations center worker rescued a dog stranded in the middle of a Arizona State Route 51 near Phoenix during the evening rush hour on Jan. 25, 2016.

The canine was then taken to an emergency veterinarian who examined her and confirmed she wasn't microchipped. Jayson Winter, an ADOT TOC operator, "took her home for the night," ADOT said.

ADOT Traffic operator Jayson Winter took care of the dog overnight after she was rescued from Arizona State Route 51 near Phoenix on Jan. 25, 2016. azdot.gov
ADOT Traffic operator Jayson Winter took care of the dog overnight after she was rescued from Arizona State Route 51 near Phoenix on Jan. 25, 2016.

The Arizona Equine Rescue Organization (AERO) has "offered to provide a safe, quiet home for the dog while her owners are being located," ADOT wrote. "If the owner cannot be found, AERO will facilitate finding the right home for the pup."

The pup has been given the nickname "Dottie" as "a shout-out to ADOT," AERO wrote in a Facebook post.