Tiny chihuahua rescued from busy motorway in California

A small chihuahua who was seen running between lanes on a busy motorway in California had to be rescued.

Highway Patrol officers were called to the scene in Walnut Creek on Friday after receiving reports that a chihuahua was in a precarious position on the road.

The dog, believed to be two-years-old, was found perched on a concrete divider during rush hour.

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Officers eventually used a protein bar to coax the frightened animal to safety, CBS reported.

The dog was taken to the region's animal control services to be assessed but had escaped unscathed from the "traumatic" ordeal.

With no witnesses or any sign of its owner, it is still unclear how the dog ended up on the motorway.

"We attempted to coax it, we could tell it was very frightened, it was shaking - we were able to pet it a little bit, but other than that we could tell it was not happy," officer Alex Edmon told NBC News.

The dog pictured after the rescue. Credit: Facebook/Contra Costa Animal Services

Contra Costa Animal Services later posted an update on their Facebook page saying: "She was obviously very scared because of her ordeal, but is starting to relax and come out of her shell."

There have been several offers to adopt the chihuahua if her owner does not come forward, the organisation added.