LONDON - Andy Murray is a dog lover, and he proved it on Sunday when he leapt out of his car to snare a runaway pet.
The defending Wimbledon champion was on his way from his home in Oxshott, Surrey, to a practice session with new coach Amelie Mauresmo when he spotted the animal.
The 27-year-old stopped at the traffic light, jumped out of his car and halted vehicles before grabbing the runaway, reported the Daily Express.
He then bundled the dog into the back of his car before calling its owner, using a number engraved on its collar tag.
"She was happy I had picked it up. It had obviously been chasing something because it was absolutely shattered," said Murray, who was amazed to learn the owner walks it regularly along with his girlfriend Kim, 26, and the couple's border terriers Maggie May and Rusty.
"It was drooling everywhere in the car, panting, but thankfully it was safe."
The Scot, who emerged unscathed from the incident, added that he had not risked injury to save the dog, but said it did put up a struggle.
"The dog was pretty strong," he said. "I don't think it really wanted me to grab it by the collar and put it in the car but thankfully it was fine."
This article was first published on JUNE 24, 2014.
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