Dog Who Spent 5 Weeks On California Highway Adopted By Cop Who Saved Her

"Freeway Frida" has a new home safe from the dangerous road.

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Freeway Frida, who survived for 5 weeks on a California Highway, was adopted by Galt Police Officer Sylvia Coelho, one of the officers who rescued her. Via Fresno Bee
John Virata

After a German Shepherd dog fell out of the back of a pick up truck in California, she spent more than a month surviving on a Highway 99 median. Now, the dog has been adopted by the very police officer who helped rescued her.

“I’ve got her bed, her toys, her treats,” Galt Police Officer Sylvia Coelho told the Sacramento Bee. “I’m so excited!”

The dog, dubbed “Freeway Frida,” was saved in May after the Galt Police Department received almost daily phone calls from concerned motorists for five weeks. It reportedly took so long to rescue Frida because every time the police went out there, she’d disappear and they couldn’t find her.

At the time Officer Coelho helped save her, she said she would adopt Frida if the owners didn’t come forward to claim her, according to the Sacramento Bee. The owners never did, and Coelho, who visited Frida nearly every day at the VCA Bradshaw Animal Hospital in Elk Grove, saved the dog again by adopting her.

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Frida will live out her life with Officer Coelho, her husband, a chihuahua and three cats.

“Of course you always want a dog to be reunited with its owner,” Coelho told the Sacramento Bee. “But I’ve always hoped that I would be able to bring her home.”

Frida was in pretty dire straits surviving on that stretch of highway. Her back leg was broken and the bone was infected, the muscles near her Achilles heel were ruptured, and she suffered from dehydration and was covered in foxtails, according to the Sacramento Bee.

She endured several surgeries and treatment to get healthy again.

Thanks to Officer Coelho, Frida has a second chance at a better life.

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