updated 3/31/2005 3:18:40 PM ET 2005-03-31T20:18:40

A mixed poodle named Snoopy led New York police on a wild chase through rush hour traffic Thursday night. Amid the din of news helicopters tracking the escapade, the pooch dodged vehicles on a busy six-lane highway, eluding officers on foot and in patrol cars before finally being caught near Yankee Stadium.

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Snoopy, who was rescued after a run down the Major Deegan Expressway, underwent X-rays to make sure he hadn’t suffered any serious injuries from his adventure, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said.

Aside from some abrasions and bruises from being hit by a car, the dog “so far seems to be doing great,” ASPCA spokeswoman Jo Sullivan said Friday. “It appears that he came out miraculously OK.”

A family has come forward to claim the dog. They say he escaped from the Bronx apartment where they were pet-sitting him. They say they discovered that Snoopy had fled only after they saw traffic helicopter reporters describing the chase on television.

Police managed to corner the dog, grabbing him at about 6 p.m. on the busy highway.

Sullivan said the pooch would remain with the ASPCA until his health was considered satisfactory, and the organization hadn’t yet determined where the dog would be placed after that.

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