Dog survives after jumping out of moving car on I-70

Bella the Chihuahua was reunited with her owner's aunt, April Fetters, on June 17, 2014 after jumping out of a moving vehicle on the interstate. (Photo: Summit County Sheriff's Office)

Bella the Chihuahua was reunited with her owner's aunt, April Fetters, on June 17, 2014 after jumping out of a moving vehicle on the interstate. (Photo: Summit County Sheriff's Office)

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. — A Chihuahua was reunited with its family several days after jumping out of a car window while traveling westbound on Interstate 70.

On June 14, a witness contacted the Summit County Animal Control to report that a dog had jumped through the window of a moving vehicle on I-70 westbound at mile marker 208, according to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.

The witness told Animal Control the small dog landed on the highway then ran off.

Shortly after, Summit County dispatch received a report of a white dog running along I-70 in the same area, deputies said.

A Sheriff’s deputy slowed traffic while an Animal Control agent searched the area, but no dog was found.

Animal Control received an additional call regarding a small tan and white dog dressed in a pink sweater running in the median by an I-70 runaway-truck ramp on June 15.

Again, Animal Control responded, but was unable to locate the dog.

On June 16, the owner of the Chihuahua, whose name is Bella, reported her pet had jumped out of her vehicle and had been missing since, deputies said. Animal Control performed a third search, which also yielded no luck in finding Bella.

The evening of June 16, James Bell, a construction worker, found Bella running along the highway about two miles west of the tunnel. He told deputies he attempted to catch Bella, but she kept running away from him. As he was getting ready to leave, he said he saw the Chihuahua running towards him in his rear-view mirror.  Bell opened his passenger door, and the tiny pooch jumped into his vehicle.

Bell kept her overnight, giving her food and a place to stay.

On June 17, the construction worker took Bella to Animal Control, who notified the owner the dog was safe.

The owner’s aunt, April Fetters, came to retrieve Bella.

Summit County Animal Control director Lesley Hall said Bella sustained some road rash, but, overall, was safe and happy to be reunited with her family.

“Bella is quite the survivor,” Hall said.