State trooper rescues dog from Wabash County highway, returns dog to owner

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4 Fast Facts

  • Master Trooper Joe Swisher saw cars dodging a dog on U.S. 24 near Wabash County Road 700 West this morning.
  • The trooper was able to get the dog in the car.
  • The dog had a dog tag, and the trooper took the dog to the vet.
  • The trooper was able to find out who the dog’s owner is, and he drove the dog back home.

(March 1, 2016) – A lost dog has been safely reunited with his owner thanks to a state trooper.

This morning around 11 a.m., Master Trooper Joe Swisher was conducting routine patrol, on U.S. 24 near Wabash County Road 700 West, when he observed vehicles swerving to avoid hitting a dog which was running in the roadway. Swisher activated the air horn on his police car in hopes of getting the dog, later identified as Sadie, to go back to the roadside. The loud horn caused Sadie to run to the median. Swisher pulled up to the dog and opened the door to his police car. Sadie jumped into the car.

Sadie was wearing a dog tag with the address and phone number to Cornerstone Veterinary Services in Urbana. Swisher drove to Cornerstone and with the help of staff members, Swisher was able to make contact with Sadie’s surprised owner who was not aware she had escaped from her outdoor kennel.

Swisher took Sadie back to her Wabash County home, which was located approximately one mile from where she was found.

“I am glad this situation had a happy ending,” stated Master Trooper Swisher. “This should serve as a reminder to all pet owners to make sure their animals are chipped or have identifying tags. It makes reuniting owners with their pets a much quicker and easier process.”

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