Dog snarls traffic on H-1 Freeway

Published On: Apr 15 2013 09:23:27 AM HST   Updated On: Apr 11 2013 06:29:50 PM HST

It was a canine caper on the H-1 Freeway Thursday morning at the height of rush hour traffic.

A dog dodged police who did his best to avoid capture.  And it played out live on KITV4 News This Morning on the city's traffic cameras.

Click here to see the video from our morning newscast.

The pint-sized  pooch dodged officers on their motorcycles for a good 10 minutes.

Other drivers were forced to sit and stay.

"When I talked with the officer, they were really trying to get the dog off the freeway so it wouldn't cause any kind of accidents," said Keoni Vaughn from the Hawaiian Humane Society.

One driver got out of his vehicle and tried to scoop up the pup, but no luck.

With dogged determination, police eventually captured the little guy on the off-ramp and an officer gave him a ride to the Hawaiian Humane Society.

"First thing he said was, 'I got my morning cardio in,'" said Vaughn.

PHOTOS: Dog survives freeway stroll

Click here to see pictures of the dog.

The male Chihuahua-Miniature Pinscher mix is believed to be about 4 years old.

"He's a little freaked out and shaken up a little bit," said Vaughn.

Vets say the dog is healthy, but has no ID or microchip.

"Came with a collar so we're hoping the owners are looking for him," said Vaughn.

The pup's friend who also got loose Thursday morning was hit by a car and died.

The surviving canine was reunited Thursday afternoon with his owner.

According to police, the reason why the solo bike officers did not get off their motorcycles initially was because of a safety protocol.

"Our officers are trained to rescue dogs if they are on the street and if they do create any kind of hazard to society," said Honolulu Police Department Information Specialist Teresa Bell.

HPD says four solo bike officers and two patrol officers responded to the scene at around 6:30 a.m.

None of the officers were injured.


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