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Train Nearly Hits Puppy Tied to California Tracks

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht
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A train engineer in California had to use the emergency brake to avoid hitting a puppy that a 78-year-old man tied to the tracks.

The unidentified man told Union Pacific Special Agent Sal Pina that his family no longer wanted the 10-month-old poodle-terrier mix, and he didn’t know what else to do with him. Pina untied the dog, nicknamed Banjo, for old train traffic signals.

”It’s probably one of the worst things I’ve seen," Pina said. "I’ve never seen something like this."

Pina said he did not pursue charging the man because he appeared to be confused, as if he did not understand what he had done.

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The engineer told Pina he spotted the man walking away from the tracks, leaving something behind. The incident happened April 2 around 5 p.m. in the Mecca area.

Banjo was taken to Coachella Valley Animal Campus in Thousand Palms, Calif., where he was examined and given a bath. A vet technician said, for extra TLC, she even brough Banjo home with her.

The healthy pooch is up for adoption and the shelter can be emailed for more information.

Sources: Yahoo!, ABC News