Police: Dog On Highway Didn’t Want To Leave Dead Dog’s Side

NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNEWS/AP) – Police in New Jersey say they had to coax a German shepherd on a busy interstate to leave a dead pit bull that it was found lying next to.

New Jersey state police said that troopers responded Thursday morning to a report of two dogs on the shoulder of Interstate 280 in Newark.

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In this Oct. 5, 2017 photo, a German shepherd is seen after it was rescued by the New Jersey State Police. (New Jersey State Police/Facebook)

The troopers say the pit bull was dead when they arrived. They say the German shepherd didn’t want to leave its side, but they were able to coax it into a trooper’s car.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of the other dog, but we’re elated that we were able to rescue the Shepherd,” police said in a Facebook post.

Authorities say neither dog was wearing a collar or any identification. The German shepherd was given to a dog rescue.

It wasn’t clear how the dog died. The case remains under investigation.

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