A black Labrador puppy has a new home in South Carolina after being rescued from the top of a freight train.
Tina Parker, of Pickens, SC, says she and her family were stopped at a red light, watching a train pass by Sunday night, when they saw the small dog moving around on a boxcar. She called 911 and followed the train to Liberty, about six miles away. That’s where officials stopped the train, which had been going about 50 mph while traveling from Pennsylvania to Atlanta.
Firefighter Climbs 24-Foot Ladder To Rescue Black Lab
The family helped firefighters find the car and firefighter Derek Sargeant climbed up a 24-foot extension ladder to get on top of the double-stacked containers and rescue the pup. An excited Parker family took the dog home!
From Associated Press:
The Parkers named the dog Boxcar Hunter, or Boxy for short. They made an appointment with the veterinarian to have the dog checked, but Parker said it seems healthy and happy to be off the train. She has two other dogs and the new pup is getting used to her new surroundings.
Parker said no one knows who put the dog atop the train.
Rowland (Liberty assistant fire chief) said the effort was a difficult one, given where the car stopped and how the firefighters had to maneuver to get the ladder in place alongside the tracks. But he said it was a good thing for all involved.
“We’ve rescued a cat here and there, but we’ve never had to get a dog off the top of a train,” he said.
It’s good to know that are some animal-loving firefighters in South Carolina. Thank you so much!
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