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Dianne Ly
- 754 days ago -
A quick thinking train engineer saved the life of a ten-month-old puppy who was tied to train tracks in Mecca, Calif., reported Tuesday's Press-Enterprise.

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Dianne Lynn Elko (756)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 9:02 pm
oh my goodness,how cute is Banjo!!

Dianne Lynn Elko (756)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 9:03 pm
The 78-year-old man was taken in for questioning, where he revealed that the family no longer wanted the puppy and that he "didn't know what to do with him."

Because the man appeared to be confused, and possibly senile, he was not charged and was released from custody.

The puppy, described as a poodle-mix, has since been named "Banjo," and he is available for adoption through the Coachella Valley Animal Campus in Thousand Palms.

Interested adopters can e-mail and share why their family would be best for Banjo.

Latoya Brookins (23)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 9:22 pm
He didn't know what to do with the dog and so he tried to brutally murder the poor thing? He thought that was the best possible solution?!

Latoya Brookins (23)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 9:23 pm
Only 10 months old. Thank goodness (and thank the engineer!) this puppy is okay.

Marie W. (67)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 11:10 pm
Crazy and dangerous old coot!

Constance F. (428)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 1:58 am
When people are older, and appearingly or are senile and confused - they don't tie dogs to train tracks ! A psychotic breakdown or someone already prone to cruel abuse would be the more likely explaination for these atrocious behavior. And what does this say about the "family" if what he said was true, that they didn't want the dog. So they just let their sick 78 year old father or grandfather or whatever the F#%k he is to them, walk out the door with this dog. And the authorities just let this all slide because he seemed confused and senile. OMG. Maybe he should tie one of his relatives to the tracks, and see what they have to say about that. When will this ignorance end. If the man is generally out of his gord, they should have investigated the "family" and put an immediate "restraining order" on them from ever owning an animal again. UGGGHHHHHHH !

Natasha Salgado (609)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 4:39 am
What a ridiculous excuse to drum up...senile people don't tie animals to train tracks. Just a sleazy sadistic old fart. Throw his butt in jail.

Ginger Geronimo (441)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 5:03 am
He appeared confused is a crock reason to just let him go. Perhaps he was just acting that way to try to get away with what he did. At the very least, he should be forced to seek medical treatment.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 10:12 am
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thanks Dianne:))

Terry V. (30)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 6:08 pm

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Dianne Lynn Elko (756)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 6:14 pm
And today NO charges were pressed against him!!
Because(they say) his senility,age.I hope he does not do anything to his grand children,if he is that bad,why is he not on a controlled locked unit where he is not a safety issue to himself or others?Makes no sense to me.Sad he got away with it.

Dianne Lynn Elko (756)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 6:17 pm
His mind was working well enough to walk out of the house with the dog,get the stuff needed to tie him up and head to the railroad tracks.I think he is a real danger to society and those around him.

Dianne Lynn Elko (756)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 6:35 pm
I have a call into them to find out if Banjo has been adopted yet.

Danuta Watola (1240)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 3:40 am

Mary R. (261)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 10:23 am

Dave C. (233)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 10:24 am
thank you....may they both have long life and happiness......very cute dog!

Elena Voronkova (9)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 10:39 am

Linda B. (10)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 11:00 am
Dog Angel blessings to that engineer!

Jaime Alves (39)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 11:08 am
Noted, well done.!!

Elena Bonati (35)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 11:58 am
Noted. Great story. Thanks.

Christeen Anderson (609)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 12:27 pm
This could have had a tragic ending but thank goodness the little guy was saved by a quick thinking engineer. Thank you.

Beverly C. (0)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 12:41 pm
I'm sorry, but I do NOT buy that man's one is going to convince me that he didn't know what he was doing! If he didn't know what to do with the pup as he SAYS....well.....he sure thought of something, didn't he?? In my opinion, he SHOULD have been charged just as much as someone younger. I'm close to 70 but trust me, senile or not...seniors DO still know "right from wrong"....good grief, how gullible can some people actually be?!#?#!

Beverly C. (0)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 12:45 pm
Oh, and one more thing....a HUGE thank you to the engineer that saved this innocent little guy from the jaws of certain death! He should be given a commendation or something for having cared enough to do what I consider a heroic act! God will surely bless the engineer for having saved the life of yet another poor innocent left to die at the hands of an abusive human!!

Claudia O. (73)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 1:11 pm
There is so much cruelty in this world that I can hardly stand it. Thank goodness this dog was saved. Each life matters.

Dianne D. (471)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 2:16 pm
Unbelievable how cruel humans are. I say more surveillence camera's in this world to catch an destroy these individuals. I read that a lot of people in Flordia take their dogs to the swamps and let the allegators have them. I pray that God blesses and protects all the animals in the world and destroys those that abuse, kills, or abandons them.

Birgit W. (157)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 2:51 pm
Poor dog! Thank God he was rescued.

Ana Fontan (16)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 2:54 pm
Noted, thank you Dianne! One million blessings to the puppy´s rescuer, he´s a hero!

michelle m. (41)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 2:59 pm
Lets tie this arsehole to the train tracks.
Poor dog

Ruth M. (252)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 3:06 pm
Noted - I just don't understand how a yo r could do this or any other cruel act to an animal.

Mariette G. (157)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 3:38 pm
I am so glad that the puppy was saved, but disappointed that he could get away with it! Thanks Dianne!

Dianne Lynn Elko (756)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 4:51 pm
I just spoke to the shelter and they are in the process of going through hundreds of applications for homes for him and they said they will have it narrowed down to a special 4-ever home by next week.

Thursday April 11, 2013, 5:16 pm
God bless engineer. Thank you Dianne.

Rockney V. (3)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 5:49 pm
Sickening ! Just the thought of it ! To actualy do it; a horrid sin against one of Gods creatures.
God Bless the engineer, and Banjo, and get that man some help and out of society where he may harm no others.

iveta cer (68)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 7:00 pm
Poor Banjo i am glad he was saved , thanks Dianne

Christine Stewart (133)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 7:06 pm
Good for the engineer. Why don't we ask the old man if he wants to be tied to rail road tracks when his family doesn't know what to do with him anymore.

Shirley B. (5)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 7:11 pm
Hope someone hides his Grandkids if he has any.

Dianne Lynn Elko (756)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 7:23 pm
That is what I said too,he does have grand kids!
If he knew enough to take that dog out of the house,get the stuff he needed to tie the dog up and head to the railroad tracks and do it....he needs help.If he is that senile for God's sake for his safety and others around him,put him on a locked unit where he can be monitored.
Guess maybe the courts want to wait til he hurts a loved one to do something with him....

Dianne Lynn Elko (756)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 7:27 pm
The good news is Banjo is safe and will have a loving 4-ever home next week.

paula eaton (30)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 7:50 pm
Thanks to the engineer for saving this cute pup. It is a bunch of garbage not prosecuting this POS. He got away with committing a horrible crime.

Leslene Dunn (75)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 11:49 pm
Age should not be the issue here, cruelty is cruelty whether you are 5 or 105 and there is no getting away from it, no excuse for it. He should have been thrown into a bloody dungeon and left to rot.

Nils Anders Lunde (579)
Friday April 12, 2013, 1:42 am
Noted, well done!

Fi T. (18)
Friday April 12, 2013, 5:52 am
This is inhumane

Ruth S. (300)
Friday April 12, 2013, 7:23 am
That old fart needs to be tied up on the train tracks just like he did to the sweet little puppy!

Leslie G. (78)
Friday April 12, 2013, 7:30 am
Thank God the engineer saw "Banjo" and the old man also..He should have been arrested! This really bites the big one!!! "Banjo" is so beautiful and I am glad he is safe...As for the old man.. too bad the cuff of his pants didn't get stuck in the tracks..Thanks Dianne..Noted, shared and tweeted.

Lydia Weissmuller Price (181)
Friday April 12, 2013, 10:42 am
How very sad that the dear little puppy was unwanted, but I am so thankful that the engineer had sharp eyesight and a great big heart and was able to stop in time.

Fred Krohn (34)
Friday April 12, 2013, 11:03 am
Prosecute the old scrooge on both animal cruelty and tampering with railroad property charges.

Lynne Buckley (0)
Friday April 12, 2013, 12:31 pm
I'm glad Banjo was saved. However, confused or not, it was a cruel and despicable way to get rid of a puppy and he should have been prosecuted.

Past Member (0)
Friday April 12, 2013, 10:58 pm
God wrote his life to live , noted thanks .

janet f. (29)
Saturday April 13, 2013, 3:58 pm
Sorry, but senility doesn't make someone evil. I would put on the confused act too if I were caught tying a dog down to train tracks. Confused people do not methodically bring a dog to the train tracks with enough rope to tie them down and then walk away. That bastard should have been prosecuted and let the jury decide if he should be held responsible or not.

Melania Padilla (192)
Tuesday April 23, 2013, 3:16 pm
Glad this dog is ok! Not everyone is meant to have pets!!!!

Klaus Peters (14)
Thursday April 25, 2013, 10:15 am
Glad the train engineer reacted so quickly and saved the dog. As for the old man, well, I do not know what state of mind he was in. I hope that little dog found a new home and has not been freaked out by this incident.

Dianne Lynn Elko (756)
Friday April 26, 2013, 5:04 pm
He has a loving 4-ever home now.
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