Doggone! Collie apprehended by traffic police after motorway run


A dog running loose on a motorway has been reunited with its owners after police stopped traffic and caught it.

The black and white collie ran from junction 13 of the M5 motorway in Stroud, Gloucestershire, to junction 12 on Thursday.

Gloucestershire Police closed the motorway and asked drivers to remain in their vehicles before the dog was caught.

It was put on a lead and placed in the back of a police officer's car before being taken to a vet and reunited with its owner.

On Monday, officers from North Wales Police took the "difficult decision" to run over and kill a dog that was loose on a dual carriageway.

The force has since received thousands of complaints and has referred itself to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

In a series of tweets, Gloucestershire Roads Policing said: "Units are on the #M5 North & South at jtn 13 Stroud dealing with a black & white collie running free on the carriageway. Remain in your cars.

"Collie is running North bound on the south bound carriageway #M5 & is now close to jtn 12. Log 287-25/2 ref. Please remain in your cars."

It then added: "#Collie #dog now caught & on a lead on #M5. Dog is now in officers' car & stationary traffic is being released. Thank you for your patience."

A picture of the dog sitting in the back of the police car was then posted with the caption: "Err, the vets please driver. Oh & please pass on my apologies to the nice people on that road thingy" #M5 log 287."

Later, the force tweeted: "The #Collie from the #M5 this afternoon was reunited with their owners after a checkup at the vets after running from jtn 13 to 12.

"PC Wood who also ran from jtn 13 to 12 wasn't taken to the vets & didn't require a defib. Both are recovering well."

North Wales Police previously said that every effort was made to catch the trail hound running loose on an unlit section of the A55 near Llandudno in the early hours.

Officers put themselves at risk by going into the road but a decision was made to destroy the animal - carried out by two police officers who both own dogs.

The killing of the dog has drawn widespread criticism but was backed by its owner, police said, who was "devastated" but understood the decision.

Chief Superintendent Sacha Hatchett said: "He said he appreciates that, given the risk to human life, the officers made the correct decision.

"He is supportive of the police as, had there been a serious accident, he said he could not have lived with himself."

Ms Hatchett added that it was a "difficult decision" to kill the dog and the officers' "overriding concern" had been the safety of road users.