The pair are sitting at the BARC animal shelter and will be up for adoption if owners do not claim them by the end of the working day on Monday.
Houston TranStar cameras captured the moments first responders rescued a tiny female Maltese and a male Huskey just after 10 a.m. Saturday.
The dogs were walking in the HOV lanes on the northern freeway near North Main, but it’s still unclear how long they were there.
METRO police blocked traffic and were able to keep the dogs inside the barriers.
The Maltese gave the metro attendants a hard time but eventually jumped into the SUV. Responders took the dogs to the BARC Houston Animal Shelter and Adoption Center in the City of Houston.
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BARC Houston’s Cory Stottlemyer said the duo were exhausted when they arrived at the shelter, but it’s still unclear if the pair were lost or dumped in that area.
“They’re probably someone’s pets. And if they’re your pets, it’s sort of a reminder to the public to microchip your pets,” Stottlemyer said. “We’ve changed the order. So it’s mandatory. We’ve given the public a year to comply, but we really urge you on the importance of these are your dogs, and they’re out. If they were microchipped , we could have easily brought them together with you.”
Stottlemyer said the Husky appears to be clean. Both dogs were also well cared for and trained. The Maltese are already pre-adopted, which means that if owners do not contact BARC by the end of the working day on Monday, they will be adopted by Tuesday.
“If they were in a situation where they were unfortunately dumped,” Stottlemyer said. “We have admissions available. You can go to our website and make an appointment. We much prefer that you give up a pet. We are not judging. We have information about resources available on our website .”
BARC Houston will also kick off its “Empty the Shelters” campaign by sponsoring reduced adoption fees May 3-15. You can find more information here.
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