MOTORISTS couldn’t believe their eyes when they spotted two dogs on the hard shoulder of the M40.
The two Spaniels had escaped from a house in Lapworth and had wandered onto the busy stretch of the road near Hockley Heath before two Highways Agency traffic officers rescued them.
Drivers on the M40 had called the agency’s 24-hour information line to report sightings of the two pooches running on the hard shoulder but it was while helping a motorist that traffic officers Rolf Neset and Roger Brotherton discovered the pups.
The lost mutts were duly rescued and were re re-united with their owner, Mrs Garside, using their collar tag.
The relieved Lapworth resident said: “I want to thank the traffic officers for returning my dogs safely.
“They escaped from home earlier in the day but I never thought they would be picked up on the motorway.
“It’s no surprise they were together; they are mother and daughter and are practically inseparable.”
Simon Foxall, operations manager at the agency’s Longbridge outstation, added: “Stray animals in the hard shoulder, central reservation or carriageway can cause drivers to swerve or brake suddenly leading to congestion or in some cases serious accidents.”
Highways Agency traffic officers were introduced five years ago in the region to help keep drivers on the move and tackle incidents which cause a quarter of all congestion.