By Sarah Rohrs, Vallejo Times-Herald
VALLEJO — For an animal lover, it was a horrific sight — a young dog on a rope being dragged on pavement outside a pickup barreling down the freeway.
Angie Porter still cries when she talks about it, and her son has nightmares nearly a week after they followed the truck, and then found the dog, since nicknamed Freeway, left for dead on an Interstate 780 offramp.
It’s a morning that neither Porter nor her son will likely forget.
Now, they hope for a happy ending to Freeway’s story.
Porter, a Pinole resident, took the I-780 exit toward Benicia off Interstate 80 about 7:45 a.m. April 19 and got behind a black pickup with tinted windows.
Both she and her 13-year-old son, River, noticed something flapping near the truck. To their horror, they quickly realized it was a tethered young dog bouncing against the vehicle and dragging its feet on the pavement.
For nearly a mile, Porter followed the truck. She and her son screamed, and she sounded her horn to get the driver to pull over.
“The dog was being strangulated and dragging on the freeway and flopping around on the side of the truck. He seemed to be dying,” Porter said.
As the vehicles neared Glen Cove, the truck driver took the exit, perhaps realizing what was happening with the dog, Porter said.
At the same time, the rope around the dog’s neck broke. He dropped, flipped several times and then slammed into the offramp’s concrete wall.
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