A puppy that was rescued after being tied to train tracks near Mecca, California, is now up for adoption. The train engineer luckily managed to stop the locomotive before a tragedy occurred.

Banjo, a 10-month-old poodle-terrier mix was tied to the train tracks near Mecca, California, because he wasn’t wanted anymore. The dog was brought there and immobilized by a 78-year-old man who, when interrogated by the police, appeared “confused.”

“It’s probably one of the worst things I’ve seen”, said Union Pacific special agent Sal Pina, who arrived at the scene after a train that was approaching narrowly avoided to crush the dog. The train engineer saw the old man distancing himself from the tracks and used the emergency brakes to stop the locomotive.

When questioned by the police, the 78-year-old said that he didn’t know what to do with the dog because his family didn’t want him. He was not arrested and no charges will be pursued, as he “appeared to be confused or senile and didn’t fully understand what he had done.”


Puppy tied to tracks, rescued, up for adoption

Banjo, who got his name after being rescued, was taken by the Coachella Valley Animal Campus in Thousand Palms, California. He received the care he needed and the veterinarian took him home for some extra care. The pup is in good health condition and is up for adoption. For more information, you can e-mail the shelter at shelterinfo@rivcocha.org