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Train avoids hitting puppy tied to California track

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 10:01 p.m. HST, Apr 09, 2013

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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patk wrote:
Precisely because he's dazed and confused is why that 78-year-old needs to be put down, before he runs down some people while driving on the sidewalk or whatnot. He is a menace to society. Also, his entire family needs a good beating for discarding the poor puppy that they were responsible for. What a useless bunch, the lot of them.
on April 9,2013 | 10:27PM
Kiyoshi2011 wrote:
Couldn't have said it better myself. Not only should old people not drive, they should be put down for doing things that equate to endangering the lives of other humans or doing acts of cruelty to animals.
on April 9,2013 | 10:35PM
RichardCory wrote:
Old man leaves dog on train tracks, so old man must die? Okay. What brilliant logic you have there. And you're quite a humanitarian to boot. It's strange how people like you put animals up on a pedestal higher than humans as though they should be worshipped like gods. It's really quite odd. I'm not saying animals should be abused or left on train tracks to die; that should definitely be criminalized and punished. But if you think it deserves the death penalty, then you may need to go back to whatever bizarro universe you came from.
on April 10,2013 | 05:58AM
jess wrote:
Crazy old man ties dog to train tracks because he can't go to the humane society to drop off his unwanted puppy for some reason. I don't think the family didn't want the dog, he didn't want the dog, should have taken care of it old Yeller style. It's obvious this old man needs help, in regards to death penalty for animals, I felt that way about the Waiamanalo puppy mill owners. And they're pretty much off the hook.
on April 10,2013 | 07:18AM
onevoice82 wrote:
He missed is calling 60 years ago, he could have been a Jeffrey Dahmer.
on April 10,2013 | 05:47AM
black3000psi wrote:
let us hope that all of you still have complete control of your mental faculty when you reach that age, though it would serve you all right if you were to experience that old mans mental state first hand.
on April 10,2013 | 05:57AM
Allenk wrote:
Hello...did he ever hear of animal shelters?
on April 10,2013 | 09:12AM
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