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Lexi being cared for at ADOT Maintenance Yard in Payson (Photo courtesy Arizona DOT) Lexi being cared for at ADOT Maintenance Yard in Payson (Photo courtesy Arizona DOT)
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PHOENIX -

The Arizona Department of Transportation says two of their employees rescued a dog who had gone missing 10 miles away two weeks before.

The dog was wandering on an overpass on SR 260 toward Payson on Jan. 9.

ADOT employees Steve Maynard and AJ Gonzalez saw the dog almost getting hit by a truck and decided to turned on their vehicle's emergency lights and help it.

"The dog was growling a little at first," said Gonzalez, "but she eventually came over to us."
 
The dog, a German Shepherd mix named Lexi, had been missing since Christmas Day. She escaped from a home her owners were renting for the holidays near the Mogollon Rim.

ADOT says the dog wandered in the forest near Woods Canyon Lake for two weeks before she was found about 10 miles away.

Maynard and Gonzalez took Lexi to the ADOT maintenance yard and gave her treats.

She was apparently exhausted and hadn't eaten in a while.

According to ADOT, Lexi has a collar with tags that were used to find out she was registered in Pima County.

With some research and help from the Pima Animal Care Center, Maynard was able to contact Lexi's owners in Tucson to let them know she had been found.
 
"They had pretty much given up hope of finding her, so to call and let them know their dog was alive was a great feeling," said Maynard.
 
"Words cannot express how glad we were to receive that call," said Michael Bauschka, Lexi's owner. "We are so appreciative that they went out of their way to rescue our dog."
 
Maynard and Gonzalez work in the ADOT Materials section and drive all over the state measuring the smoothness of road surfaces.

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