WHO LET THE DOG OUT? Wandering dog stops rush-hour traffic on Gardiner Expressway

Toronto Police responded to the busy highway and rescued the dog

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Morning rush hour slowed to a crawl on the Gardiner Expressway — near Fort York — on Friday morning when Dwayne the wandering dog weaved his way through traffic, leaving drivers and witnesses stunned.

“I couldn’t believe it,” said Lucia Ostache, 24, who was home getting ready for remote work at her desk.

Ostache was in her living room, which overlooks the Gardiner.

When she got up to grab her laptop to do some remote work, “all of a sudden I saw the dog and started filming.”

“At first I thought he had jumped out of a car because there was a car that slowed down and waited, but then they drove off,” she said from her condo. “It’s kind of a rare sight. People were getting out of their cars trying to corral him into a safe area, so I thought that he should be fine”

Dwayne, a two-year-old mixed breed dog currently available for adoption at the Toronto Humane Society, was rescued by police after wandering onto the Gardiner Expressway and stopping traffic on Friday, June 11, 2021.
Dwayne, a two-year-old mixed breed dog currently available for adoption at the Toronto Humane Society, was rescued by police after wandering onto the Gardiner Expressway and stopping traffic on Friday, June 11, 2021. Photo by Supplied /Toronto Humane Society

But it took more than those worried drivers to secure Dwayne, a two-year old mix-breed, tri-colour.

Toronto Police received a call at 9:32 a.m. about a “dog seen running on the highway.”

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Const. David Hopkinson said “a number of cars had to swerve to avoid hitting him.”

At least four police cars showed up, according to Ostache, who said officers surrounded a truck.

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The adventurous — and likely petrified — dog had taken refuge under the truck.

“He stopped like two lanes of traffic because everyone was scared to move,” Ostache said.

It took some coaxing by police and “after about twenty minutes they finally got him out”

Hopkinson said once officers rescued the dog they noticed an injured paw and transferred the pooch to Animal Services for treatment.

Dwayne, a two-year-old mixed breed dog currently available for adoption at the Toronto Humane Society, was rescued by police after wandering onto the Gardiner Expressway and stopping traffic on Friday, June 11, 2021.
Dwayne, a two-year-old mixed breed dog currently available for adoption at the Toronto Humane Society, was rescued by police after wandering onto the Gardiner Expressway and stopping traffic on Friday, June 11, 2021. Photo by Supplied /Toronto Humane Society

By the afternoon, Toronto Animal Services determined the dog belongs to the Toronto Humane Society where Dwayne is now resting.

“How he ended up all the way up on the highway, I’m not exactly sure,” said Hanna Sotropa of the Humane Society. “I think he was out on a stroll with his foster parent and slipped his lead.”

Sotropa said Dwayne is still actively up for adoption.

“We re-evaluated his behaviour,” she said. “Just to make sure he is all good from his little tour across town today.”

slaurie@postmedia.com

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