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Chihuahua jumps out of car and survives her three-day odyssey

Except for some road rash and being tired, Bella survived a very harrowing experience for a pooch so small. She has been reunited with her family.
Except for some road rash and being tired, Bella survived a very harrowing experience for a pooch so small. She has been reunited with her family.Facebook Summit County Animal Care and Control

A pint-sized Chihuahua, wearing a bright pink sweater, survived quite the adventure in Summit County, Colo. last week after jumping out of the window of her owner's car while the family traveled on I-70 westbound reported Fox31Denver.

On June 14, a tan and white Chihuahua named Bella, leaped from the open window of the vehicle onto the highway and ran away. According to the Summit County Sheriff's Office, a witness saw the little dog land on the roadway; a sheriff's deputy detoured traffic while Animal Control searched for Bella. No luck; Bella had disappeared.

The next day, a truck driver saw the dog running along the median on I-70. A sheriff's deputy was dispatched, but by the time he arrived, Bella was gone.

By this time, Bella's owners were distraught, but there was still more to come for this very lucky little dog. A construction worker, James Bell, spotted Bella and tried to catch her, but as soon as he would get close to her, the dog would run away with fear. As the construction worker was getting ready to leave and started his car, he looked in the rear view mirror to see Bella running towards him. The man opened up his passenger door and Bella jumped right in!

The man kept Bella overnight, and cared and fed her. The next day he turned her over to the Summit County Animal Control who called the pooch's family. From there, she was reunited. On the Facebook page of Summit County Animal Control, director Lesley Hall stated:

"Bella is quite the survivor. She has a quite a bit of road rash but her attitude is happy, and she is thrilled to be in the arms of her family."

This story has a happy ending, but it could have been very tragic. Please do not let your dogs ride in a car unrestrained, and with the windows down.

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