NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A Metro-North train was forced to slow down on Tuesday thanks to a dog that decided to chase the train from the South Bronx to Harlem.
Engineer Joseph Delia told the New York Post the shepherd/collie mix was running alongside the train on a parallel track “like she didn’t have a care in the world.”
When the dog got ahead of the train, Delia said he had to go “real slow” to avoid hitting her.
Passengers were told what was going on and rushed to the windows to try and see the dog, the Post reported.
The dog started its journey at a rail yard on 149th Street in the Bronx and chased the train about a mile and a half to the 125th Street station in Harlem, where MTA officers Luis Alvarez and Errold Borges rescued her from the tracks.
“It’s hard to imagine the dog wouldn’t have been electrocuted or hit by the train,” Metro-North rider Paul Slesinger told CBS 2’s Lou Young.
“We whistled, called and it actually came to us,” Alvarez said. “It was actually very happy to see somebody because remember, it came from the Bronx.”
Passengers cheered at the happy ending.
“There was a lot of commuters and they were actually clapping and very glad,” Alvarez said. “There must’ve been a lot of animal lovers out there, like myself.”
The officers named the dog “Tie” after all the railroad ties she crossed.
Tie is being cared for at Animal Care and Control.
“We don’t really know who she is or what she is because she had no tags around her neck, she had no license, and she has no Microchip,” AC&C Executive Director Risa Weinstock said. “She definitely has an owner out there somewhere, so we’re really hopeful that with all this attention her owner will come forward.”
She’ll be put up for adoption if her owners don’t come forward by Friday afternoon.
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