Milwaukee bus driver saves dog, nearly struck by vehicles

A Milwaukee County Transit System bus driver is being hailed a hero – for rescuing a dog from the hazards of traffic.

In May 2022, while driving Route 19 on MLK Jr. Drive & Concordia Avenue, MCTS driver, Rachel, noticed a dog running in the street near her bus, narrowly avoiding being struck by numerous cars. 

"I went into mom mode," she recalled. "I just ran out, and I believe I was just screaming ‘Stop! Stop!’ and tried to protect this little dog. Once we got to the other side of the street, I just grabbed her, and I just started cuddling her and making sure she was okay."

MCTS bus driver helps wandering dog

The driver went back to her bus and promptly contacted Dispatch for further assistance.    

Meanwhile, a good Samaritan pulled over after seeing Rachel save the dog from getting hit. The woman offered to take the dog to the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission (MADACC). 

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The dog has since been fostered to a new family. Since 1999, MADACC has helped to foster and adopt countless lost pets in the Milwaukee area.

MCTS bus driver helps wandering dog

"As a driver, I always tell people that we are the eyes and ears of the City of Milwaukee," Rachel explained. "We see things that most people turn their heads to. We see a lot of what’s going on in the community. Being there and helping people…random strangers…you know, doing random acts of kindness. And hopefully some day they’ll pay it forward."