A DOG caused panic and nearly created traffic mayhem as it ran over five lanes near on the A-7 in Sabinillas this afternoon.
The medium-sized brown dog almost caused two lorries to collide, before clogging the road up with oncoming cars as it sauntered between both lanes.
It then jumped the concrete barrier separating traffic flow, ran below the underpass and only narrowly avoided an oncoming car which had to swerve out of the way.
After sending cars swerving out of the way for five minutes, it finally dashed in front of a bus to reach the sidewalk next to the Sabinillas book shop.
An onlooker believed she had seen the dog tied up next to Mercadona supermarket an hour earlier.
The Olive Press watched the scene unfold from our new office, but members of staff had no luck finding the animal after it had run off into Sabinillas.
I know pet stories drive website eyeballs. But is this near miss really worth a story?
Thanks for printing a story that for once counters the prevailing ex-patriot attitude that the Spanish are cruel and uncaring about animals. In this case, even if all the swerving car drivers were Brits, it seems most likely that at least the two truck drivers trying to avoid the dog were Spanish.
Harry. Indeed it is worth reading about in the hopes that some will read this type of story & act suitably should they be able to help out in such a situation.
Some years ago my young female dog escaped from a friends garden in Calahonda which we all thought was “escape proof”. We noticed her missing & hunted for hours trying to find her. Eventually somebody phoned me on my Mobile using the number they’d taken from a metal tag on my dogs collar. They’d rescued my dog from the N340 where traffic was running fast in the drizzling rain. As these kind folk were not familiar with the area it was a little difficult to arrange a meeting. They also didn’t speak my language. However we did meet & my dog was returned clearly very nervous & frightened but saved by a good Samaritan. I had my daughter call them later in Spanish & thank them once again. I think we all had a joy filled day. If you have no animals yourself, you’re missing out but more importantly overlooking how people may be kind to others & by having stories like this, is if nothing else a reminder of how we can help those in distress (including our “best friends”).