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Loose dog leads Nevada Highway Patrol on chase through traffic

By Ben Hooper

Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Traffic cameras were recording Wednesday when Nevada Highway Patrol troopers spent about a half hour catching a dog running loose on the highway.

The cameras were recording around noon Wednesday when the dog was reported running loose on U.S. 95, near Pecos, and occasionally wandering into lanes of traffic.

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NHP Trooper Loy Hixson was the first on the scene, and received some help from other drivers and some Metro officers who stopped when they saw the ongoing chase.

Video from the scene shows Hixon chasing the dog to the shoulder, where the crafty canine evaded capture by darting under a semi truck.

"I'm sure we looked a little silly running around after a dog on the freeway, but at the end of the day, we are animal lovers, so we want to make sure the dog gets home safe," Trooper Jason Buratczuk told KSNV-TV.

The dog was eventually captured and loaded into Hixson's patrol vehicle.

"We're just glad we were able to get it off the roadway and that it wasn't hurt," Buratczuk said.

The canine, a black Rottweiler mix, was taken to the Animal Foundation shelter, where officials said they are hoping to locate the dog's owner.

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A dog faced a similarly dangerous, if far more short-lived, situation last month, when the bold canine jumped out of a car window on Interstate 70 in Arvada, Colo. The driver in the next lane was able to stop in time to avoid hitting the dog, and the canine was seen in dashboard camera footage returning to its owner's car.

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