Train Narrowly Avoids Puppy Tied to Tracks
'Senile' Calif. culprit won't face charges
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 10, 2013 2:03 AM CDT
This image provided by Riverside County Animal Services shows Banjo, a 10-month-old poodle-terrier mix that was tied to train tracks in the California desert.   (AP Photo/)

(Newser) – A puppy in California is doing fine and is up for adoption after a very lucky escape. A train engineer spotted a man walking away from something left on train tracks in Riverside County and hit the emergency brakes just in time to avoid hitting a 10-month-old poodle-terrier mix that had been tied to the tracks, the Los Angeles Times reports.

A Union Pacific agent called to the scene arrested a 78-year-old man, who said his family didn't want the dog and didn't know what to do. The man was released to his family and the agent said he couldn't pursue animal cruelty charges "because the man appeared to be confused or senile and didn't fully understand what he had done." The puppy has been nicknamed "Banjo," for old railroad signals.

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Apr 11, 2013 12:29 AM CDT
The guy, a 76 yr old, said he didn't know what to do with the unwanted dag......yeah, asshole tie it to the train tracks. This prick knew exactly what he was doing.
Apr 10, 2013 6:53 PM CDT
Where the hell is PETA with their damn drones when you need them? :)
Apr 10, 2013 3:06 PM CDT
No, that's not what I meant by train your dog!