James Bell, a construction worker from Deer Trail, a town best known for attempting to legalize drone hunting, saved a puppy that had been on the run for two days. Bella, a small chihuahua, had jumped out of her owner’s vehicle while traveling on I-70 near Silverthorne. According to 9News, local deputies slowed traffic while animal control searched for the dog.
Bell said he spotted the pup about two miles west of the tunnel and tried to coax her into coming with him. Bella resisted at first, running away from Bell. Eventually, as he gave up the rescue attempt and got in his car to leave, Bella came running after him. He opened the door and she jumped right in.
“I have a soft spot for animals,” Bell told Examiner.com. “I was going to take her into a no kill shelter the next day, and if they didn’t take her I would’ve kept her.”
Bella sustained some minor scrapes and bruises during her ordeal, but is overall in good health. “Bella is quite the survivor,” said Summit County Animal Control director Lesley Hall.
As for Bell, he is surprised at the amount of attention he has received. “It’s weird. I didn’t think saving a puppy was all that weird, but some of the news stations are relentless, calling me and texting me.” He joked about being treated like a local celebrity and hero, adding “As much as I know it would make everyone's day seeing my beautiful face on TV, I don't have time for all that.”
“But in all seriousness,” he adds, “I’m just glad to see that she’s back with her family that loved her. They offered a reward and I told him not to let her run off again and we'd call it even.”