Puppy Found on a Moving Train

April Livingston | September 27th, 2018

Two men, Michael Ortega and Allen Au thought it was just another day as engineers for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway. The pair of engineers were on a trip from Galesburg, Illinois and La Cross, Wisconsin. That’s when an odd call came in from their dispatcher. Someone had reported that they spotted a dog that was tied to the top of a railcar in the area of Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. The Good Samaritan believed they saw the dog on a flat car, which is typically used to transport items like sheetrock or lumber. However, when Michael and Allen arrived the dog was nowhere to be found. So, Allen hopped down to get a closer look and that’s when he climbed up to get a closer look. That’s when he found the dog: a small, frail puppy was tied to a steel beam with a short chain. The puppy had no water and there was a pile of old kibble that it could not reach.

Michael Ortega//Facebook
Michael Ortega//Facebook
Michael Ortega//Facebook
Michael Ortega//Facebook
Michael Ortega//Facebook
Michael Ortega//Facebook

It’s believed that someone left food for the dog, but it shifted when the train moved and then after it rained for several days, it was soaked with water and was inedible. Allen cut the dog free and brought her into the cab of the train and her tail began to wag. Michael immediately fell in love with her and knew she needed to be part of his family. The little dog was once tied to the top of train car received a name: Lulu. She also got a new family, including three dog siblings and a big yard to run in and plenty of toys to play with. Michael says she is a sweet dog and fits in perfectly in his home, and he’s so happy he and his coworker were able to save her from an awful fate.

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