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Train avoids hitting puppy tied to California track

  • ASSOCIATED PRESSThis 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 and rescued by Riverside County Animal Services Tuesday April 2, 2013. (AP Photo/)Riverside County Animal Services
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    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 and rescued by Riverside County Animal Services Tuesday April 2, 2013. (AP Photo/)Riverside County Animal Services

INDIA, Calif. >> Officials say a 78-year-old man tied a puppy to train tracks in the California desert, and an engineer had to use emergency brakes to keep from crushing it.

Riverside County animal control said in a statement today that Banjo, a 10-month-old poodle-terrier mix, is fine and up for adoption.

The train was near Mecca on April 2 when the engineer saw a man walking away from the tracks and stopped.

Union Pacific Special Agent Sal Pina responded and called the scene “one of the worst things I’ve seen.”

Pina untied Banjo and detained the man, who said his family didn’t want the dog and didn’t know what to do.

Pina says he couldn’t pursue charges against the unidentified man because he appeared confused and didn’t understand what he’d done.  

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