Tennessee Trooper Helps Dog Lost in Pouring Rain Get 'Home Safe'

The trooper found the dog, named Luna, wandering a wet roadway in Kingsport, Tennessee

<p>Tennessee Highway Patrol</p> Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Lance Willis helping Luna the dog on July 5

Tennessee Highway Patrol

Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Lance Willis helping Luna the dog on July 5

A dog helped by a Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper in the middle of a downpour on July 5 is safely home.

On July 7, Petworks Animal Services in Kingsport, Tenn., confirmed that the pup's owner reclaimed the dog – named Luna – after the state trooper rescued her.

"Luna is home safe with her family," Petworks Animal Service said in a statement to News Channel 11 in Tennessee. "Trooper Willis said Friday that Luna's owner locating her was all he hoped for."

Trooper Lance Willis initially thought there was a car crash when he saw traffic slowing down in Kingsport during a downpour on July 5, but he soon found out the source of the delay was a dog wandering on the wet road.

"I looked like there was some kind of animal that was in the road," Willis said in a video posted on Facebook by the Tennessee Highway Patrol on July 6. "When I got close enough to see, there was a large dog that looked like a brown German shepherd in the opposite lane of traffic."

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"I [turned on] my blue lights cause people usually slow down when they see the blue lights… and called into the radio so they knew where I was," he continued. "I got out and tried to usher the dog towards me."

"We like to focus on traffic safety… and sometimes, we even rescue dogs out of the roadway," Trooper Willis added.

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Once Luna was in the car, Willis pulled into a parking lot nearby to wait for an animal control officer to take her to the shelter. He also told News Channel 11 that he saw Luna was wearing a collar" and hoped the dog's owner would see "the video so they would know their pet was found safe."

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A video of Trooper Willis rescuing the dog was posted on TikTok on July 5 and captioned, "We need to make this human famous." As of July 8, the clip of Willis' act of kindness towards Luna has accumulated 2.5 million views on TikTok.

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