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article imagePuppy tied to train tracks saved by driver emergency braking

By Lesley Lanir     Apr 10, 2013 in World
Mecca - A 10-month-old poodle-terrier puppy tied to train tracks was saved from being crushed to death when a Union Pacific railway engineer activated the train's emergency braking system.
A news release yesterday from Riverside County Animal Services reports an almost tragic incident that occurred last week near Mecca in the Californian desert. A 78-year-old man tied a 10-month-old poodle-terrier puppy to a train track because he and his family "didn't want the dog and didn't know what to do with him."
A Union Pacific railway engineer had seen a man leaving the area and noticed something left on the tracks. Using the emergency braking system, he managed to stop the train before it hit the dog and he went on to report the incident.
Union Pacific Special Agent, Sal Pina, who responded to the call said, "It's probably one of the worst things I've seen. I've never seen something like this."
Agent Pina explained that an animal-cruelty case was not being taken up because of the seemingly confused mental state of the man who was later collected by family members.
The puppy-dog, nicknamed Banjo, was collected by a Riverside County Animal Services officer and taken to the Coachella Valley Animal Campus in Thousand Palms. After a veterinary examination Banjo is reported to be "very healthy and friendly" and available for adoption.
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