Athena the German Shepherd in La Salle is tired and a bit shaken up but thankfully alive.
Just before 5 Monday morning a text came into the IV Construction text line at WLPO Radio about a dog running with a leash attached to its collar northbound in the southbound lane of Interstate 39. For the next hour or so, listeners shared sightings of the dog on both I-39 and eventually Interstate 80 between La Salle and Peru. At one point the dog’s owner personally reached out to the WLPO morning show looking for help. Also just before the dog was tracked down safely, a state trooper called the station urging folks to not stop and get out of their cars on I-80 to try and corral Athena.
Athena’s owner says her dog’s paws were marked up and she was checked out by a veterinarian.