Dog rescued from motorway reunited with owner

The border collie after he was rescued
The border collie after he was rescued

A DOG has been reunited with his owner after being rescued from a motorway.

The dog owner is said to be ‘thrilled’ after being reunited with the border collie which was rescued from the westbound carriageway of the M58 near Ormskirk on November 12 .

The border collie after he was rescued

The border collie after he was rescued

Highways England issued an appeal to trace the owner after traffic officers Rob Lawless and James Critchley - who are based at the Rob Lane outstation at Newton-le-Willows - rescued the dog.

The officers found the male border collie on the hard shoulder and managed to get him into their four wheel drive traffic officer vehicle. #

There was no sign of an owner nearby so James and Rob arranged for the dog to be taken to Leigh Dogs and Cats Home so it could be scanned for an owner chip.

Unfortunately, it was quickly established the chip was an old one and the home was unable to contact the owner. Highways England then issued an appeal for the owner to contact the home so they could be re-united with the collie.

The owner was alerted to her pet’s whereabouts thanks to the appeal and collected the dog from the home on Friday.

Leigh Dogs and Cats home said the lady lives near the motorway but did not want to be identified.

Highways England outstation team manager Jane Howard said: “The safety of road users is our priority but we are delighted that our work last week in managing this incident and getting the collie safely off the motorway and to a dog’s home has resulted in him being reunited with his owner.

“We do try to deal with incidents involving pets sensitively and humanely and Rob and James did a brilliant job last week.”