A German Shepherd is back home in Methuen after she got loose and wandered into the middle of I-495 Wednesday afternoon.

Rose Marchand said she let the 9-year-old dog, Lexi, out into her fenced-in backyard on Wednesday afternoon. Somehow, Lexi escaped and ended up on the busy highway a half mile away. Methuen Police Sgt. Tom McMenamon was one of the police officers who noticed her.

"You don’t often see that at all," said McMenamon. "I don’t think I once saw that in all the years I’ve been on."

State Police slowed cars on the road down to 20 miles per hour and a state trooper used a granola bar to get Lexi off the road and into a cruiser. Lexi, who has a dollar and is microchipped, was turned over to Animal Control, who brought her home.

Marchand said she did not realize Lexi had escaped from the backyard until she got a phone call from Animal Control. 

"She said, ‘I’m in your driveway.’ So I hung up and went out and there was the dog in the car," said Marchand.

Marchand said she found a small hole in her backyard fence and believes that is how Lexi escaped. She has since patched it up.

(Copyright (c) 2016 Sunbeam Television. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

Join our Newsletter for the latest news right to your inbox