Dog Falls Out of Pickup Truck, Spends 5 Weeks on Freeway Median Waiting for Owner to Return

PHOTO: A German Shepherd was rescued from a median on Highway 99 in Galt, Calif., May 14, 2016, over five weeks after someone reported seeing it fall off a pickup truck, according to the Galt Police Department. PlayKXTV
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A dog has finally been rescued after surviving five weeks living on a highway median in Galt, California, according to police.

The German shepherd, nicknamed Freeway Frida, was first reported to police on April 10, when someone apparently saw her jump or fall out of a pickup truck on Highway 99, said Officer Siliva Coelho with the Galt Police Department.

"For the past five weeks, we've gotten calls every other day from people reporting an injured dog on the median," Coelho told ABC News today. "But every time we went out there, we couldn't see or find her. She was like a ghost dog."

Many speculated that the dog may have stayed on the median so long because she was scared and was waiting for her owner to return, Coelho said.

Coelho finally "got lucky" and caught the pup on Saturday with the help of a fellow police officer and a California Highway Patrol officer, she said.

PHOTO: A German Shepherd was rescued from a median on Highway 99 in Galt, Calif., May 14, 2016, over five weeks after someone reported seeing it fall off a pickup truck, according to the Galt Police Department. Galt Police Department
A German Shepherd was rescued from a median on Highway 99 in Galt, Calif., May 14, 2016, over five weeks after someone reported seeing it fall off a pickup truck, according to the Galt Police Department.

The dog was taken to VCA Bradshaw Animal Hospital in Elk Grove, California, where she's expected to soon undergo surgery for a broken leg, Coelho said.

"She was really skinny and malnourished when we first brought her in, but she's on the mend, and she's doing awesome," Coelho said. "Though she was skittish at first, she's starting to relax now."

PHOTO: A German Shepherd was rescued from a median on Highway 99 in Galt, Calif., May 14, 2016, over five weeks after someone reported seeing it fall off a pickup truck, according to the Galt Police Department. Galt Police Department
A German Shepherd was rescued from a median on Highway 99 in Galt, Calif., May 14, 2016, over five weeks after someone reported seeing it fall off a pickup truck, according to the Galt Police Department.

Coelho has been working with veterinarians to locate the dog's owner, but it has been difficult because the dog doesn't have a microchip, she said.

"You know, if no one comes for her, I just might have to adopt her," Coelho said. "She's such got a strong heart and a strong will for surviving out on that median for five weeks. She's truly amazing."