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Savannah police and animal control guide air-dog rescue from busy bridge support

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No one knows how the tiny 15-pound mixed breed pooch found herself crouched under a bridge support on busy I-516 above Highway 25 on Thursday, but when a Garden City police officer called in the report after motorists had made the discovery, traffic was stopped until the rescue was complete reported savannahnow.com.

The Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department and Animal Control Officer Larry Rountree responded to the call, and as he tried to coax the little pooch out of her hiding place, she just retreated further in. Animal Control Officer Christina Sutherin, who was also there to lend assistance stated:

“She was hiding right underneath where the overpass and the support kind of come together. But when he dropped a little bit of the food down there, she came out enough that there was a space wide enough ... that he could reach down there, and he was able to grab her and bring her back up.”

Yes, that's right. Officer Larry Rountree donated his chicken sandwich, which he had purchased from Zaxby's for his lunch. The poor little pooch was so hungry, she obviously didn't mind being distracted with a great meal.

Sadly, the little stray dog, estimated to be only a few years old, wore no collar nor was she micro-chipped. Now she will spend the mandatory five days at Animal Control waiting for her owner to show up, and then will be available for adoption.

Officer Rountree named her Zaxby, of course. He describes her as extremely sweet and friendly.

Congratulations to the great police officers from Savannah-Chatham and of course Officer Rountree for a rescue well done.

For more information on Zaxby, please click here.

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