Transit workers save runaway pooch on tracks of NYC subway

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Leave it to our men and women in blue for their compassion and kindness. The tense moments happened on Friday in the New York City subway. Seems that an adorable runaway pooch named Dakota escaped from her dog walker at a park in Brooklyn and ran to the Jay Street station. Oops! The dog ended up inside of the subway tunnel.

According to Caroline Francis, the dog’s owner, her pup also known as “Loppy the dog” sought solace at that very spot.

“It’s a familiar place for her, we commute together every day. She entered, ran across the platform, and at some point either fell of jumped in,” Caroline posted to her Facebook page.

For over an hour, Caroline searched for her dog and was finally able to convince an MTA officer to search the tracks several blocks away. And as if only cats are promised nine lives, Dakota was spotted, and even though she was cold, dirty, scared and bloody, she was fine.

“The next hour and a half was brutal. The NYPD and MTA shut the train lines down and turned the power off the tracks. They patiently dealt with my wailing and begging to be let on the tracks, while they searched miles of pitch black tunnels for my little girl. Over an hour later, things were looking devastatingly bleak. And then a miracle happened. An MTA officer took it upon herself to explore the tracks several stations away. And, against all odds, she found Loppy. Freezing, filthy, terrified, and with blood across her face. The joy I felt when the police officer showed me a photo and said “is this her?” was all-consuming. Being reunited with this little creature is something more powerful than I can explain.”

It wasn’t until later that the NYPD Transit posted on Twitter that they apologized for the train delays and had to shut off the electricity to the subway to save Dakota.

Loppy is recovering at Blue Pearl Hospital. As of Sunday morning, she’s been released from the hospital and is back home resting. She has some minor damage to her lungs from the fall and is expected to need some minor dental surgery when she feels better.

“New York can feel like a cold, hard city. But this city—the NYPD and MTA in particular—rallied around me at my darkest hour. They saved my best friend. That warmth and support moves me in a way I can’t explain. To all the commuters who got stuck for 60+ minutes, know that your sacrifice saved her life—thank you. I’ve been so touched by all who have reached out with kind words.”

“Thank you a thousand times over to the NypdNYPD-Transit DistrictMTA New York City Transit, Vinegar Hill Veterinary Group, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, and Patricia, our incredible dog walker (without her fast action I don’t know what would have happened). You are all my heroes. And to Sanya Hill, who found my little pup, you have no idea how grateful I am.”

Everyone – give your dog a hug.

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6 replies
  1. Nancy Raymond says:

    HUGE THANK YOU to all the kind caring workers of the transit system who worked so hard to find and rescue this scared dog – they even turned off the subway system in order to ensure Dakota would not be killed – you ALL deserve a standing ovation for your dedication and compassion for finding her – YOU ARE ALL HEROES!

  2. Adrienne says:

    Nice to read about a happy ending. Some people would think it stupid to close the tracks for an hour to rescue a dog, but those are people who have no feelings about any living creature,even humans. Glad Loppy was rescued and will be ok.

  3. pennysdachshunds says:

    How very KIND and CARING the Transit was to the lady who cares for her little dog!!! Living out West I usually don’t hear Really Kind comments about NYC and that they actually closed down the tracks … it was a Great Thing!!! This little one !IS ONE LUCKY LITTLE DOG!!!


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