Puppy Tied To Track Saved: Train Avoids 'Banjo' In Heartwarming Rescue [VIDEO]

By Staff Reporter on April 10, 2013 4:20 PM EDT

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10-month-old Banjo was left tied to a railroad tracks. Thankfully, the train stopped before crushing the puppy. (Photo: YouTube / haber paylasımları)

A puppy tied to train tracks was saved when a train engineer thankfully noticed a man walking away from a tiny package that was left along the Mecca-area tracks of Riverside County on April 2, at approximately 5 p.m.

Acting immediately, the train engineer deployed the emergency brakes to avoid crushing the puppy. Emerging from the train, the engineer discovered a 10-month-old poodle-terrier mix tied to the track. Union Pacific Agent Sal Pina freed the dog and arrested the dog's 78-year-old owner. When questioned, the man explained that the family didn't want the dog and he did not know what to do.

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"It's probably one of the worst things I've ever seen," Agent Sal Pina said in a statement. "I've never seen something like this."

However, Pina did not pursue animal-cruelty charges against the 78-year-old as he appeared senile and was not completely aware of what he had done, reported ABC News.

Authorities believe a 78-year-old man thought to have tied a puppy to train tracks in Riverside County last week may have been "senile" and "didn't fully understand what he had done," officials said Tuesday.

As for the little 10-month  poodle-terrier mix, veterinary technicians of the Coachella Valley Animal Campus in Thousand Palms found the dog in excellent health despite the harrowing incident. Caretakers were happy to note that the puppy was friendly as well.

With a clean bill of health, the 10-month puppy poodle-terrier mix is available for adoption. The puppy is named "Banjo," after old train traffic signs.

If you'd like to learn more about "Banjo," be sure to send an email to shelterinfo@rivcocha.org.

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