An Arizona state worker has given an adorable puppy a second shot at life.
Gil Estrada was monitoring highway cameras at the state's Department of Transportation's Traffic Control Center in Phoenix on Monday night when he spotted the white dog trying to cross busy State Route 51, reports NBC News.
Speeding vehicles almost struck the terrified pooch numerous times. But she somehow eventually made it onto the median concrete barrier.
"It was hard to watch," Estrada told KNXV-TV. "The dog kept getting so close to being hit."
Estrada drove several miles from the control center to try and rescue the dog. He arrived to find her curled up in exactly the same spot he'd seen on the camera, Tuscon News Now reports.
Concerned that she may bite him or flee into oncoming traffic, Estrada calmly and gently approached the dog, scooped her up and brought her back to the control center.
Although the organization usually looks after horses, it said in a Facebook post that "something about this puppy's situation motivated us to branch outside of the norm."
"Since we don't know her name, we'll call her Dottie, as a shout out to the ADOT employees who rescued her. No AERO funds will be used in the housing and care for Dottie of course since she is outside our mission, but we are so glad to be able to help," the organization added.
Appeals have since been launched in a bid to track down Dottie’s owners. She will be put up for adoption if no one comes forward, per NBC News.
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