Local couple rescues injured dog from side of highway

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ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. -- There's no telling how long he had been there or how many cars had gone by. But Liz and Lonnie Workman couldn't just drive by. They pulled over to help.

"A little puppy, hugging the center concrete divider," Lonnie Workman said. "Just trembling."

It took more than an hour standing in the shoulder of Interstate 85 in Graham to coax Peanut, the one-and-a-half-year-old chihuahua, into their arms.

Peanut had been hit by a car and had a broken leg and a dislocated hip.

"I'm no hero," Lonnie said. "I believe anybody with a loving, compassionate heart could not leave an animal helpless to die in the heat. Stranded on the highway."

But the staff at the Burlington Pet Adoption Center thinks what the Workmans did is heroic.

"It's amazing that these people stopped on a busy interstate," said Shelter Manager Elizabeth Overcash. "They've been back to the shelter to check on him several times. They really care for him. They're really good people."

Overcash is taking care of Peanut until he has fully healed and then he'll be up for adoption.

The Workmans said they would have loved to keep Peanut, but they already have one dog, Buddy, who they adopted from the shelter in 2011.

They're thankful they saw Peanut on the side of the highway and hope he'll find a loving home.

"We ended up having a successful rescue because of a higher power. We give all credit to the Lord," Lonnie said.

Peanut will be up for adoption through the Humane Society of Alamance County, which is covering his medical costs. They can be reached at (336) 438-2023.

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