SAN FRANCISCO -- A black Chihuahua who got loose on the Bay Bridge early Sunday morning remained under the care of an animal control facility Monday, while officials hoped for an owner to come forward.
Workers at the San Francisco Animal Care and Control named the dog "Ponch," after the popular character portrayed by Erik Estrada on the 1970s show "CHiPs." Real-life California Highway Patrol officers chased down the 4-year-old pooch just before 7 a.m. on the western span of the bridge.
"He's really terrified," said Deb Campbell, a spokeswoman for the shelter. "Chihuahuas are kind of nervous dogs anyway. Being on the Bay Bridge and being part of a police chase isn't good for any dog."
The dog is otherwise OK, Campbell said. It is being housed in the facility's kennel, which was scheduled to open at noon Monday.
A patrol car dashboard camera captured the pursuit on westbound Interstate 80. It showed a motorcycle following the dog in the far right lane as it ran in the middle of the five-lane bridge. The video shows motorists going west staying behind the CHP during the chase.
The CHP posted video of the chase on it's CHP-San Francisco Facebook page, along with a picture of the officer with the dog. Anyone with information about the dog or its owners is urged to call the shelter at 415-554-6364.
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