DPS Tasers dog that ran onto I-17 during rush hour

Posted: Updated:

PHOENIX -- A dog brought southbound Interstate 17 near Bethany Home to a standstill for a time early Thursday morning.

DPS stops traffic, catches dog

The dog was running in and out of traffic just after 6 a.m.

The Department of Public Safety stopped traffic so that they could corral the dog and get it out of harm's way.

Officers Tasered the dog to get it to stop running around and then put it in a car. They then reopened the freeway.

The closure didn't last long, but it did back up traffic.

Maricopa County Animal Care and Control went to the scene and picked up the 5-year-old black Lab. Spokeswoman Aprille Hollis said the dog was extremely agitated so they had to tranquilize him, but he appears to be in excellent health.

Hollis said the dog doesn't have any tags or a microchip.

"Taser" is being held for a three-day health evalution and, after that time, they will determine if he can be adopted.