Pup Rescued After Being Spotted Atop Moving Train!

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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Patricia Guilhem
Patricia Guilhem4 years ago

Beaucoup de bonheur !!!

Laura Saxon
.4 years ago

Great story. I'm glad the puppy was saved and has a new family.

Fi T.
Past Member 4 years ago

It's home finally. So good

Joan S.
Joan S4 years ago

You just have to wonder, "What the hell were they thinking"

Despina Vekris
Despina Vekris4 years ago

Huge THANK YOU to all involved

Lori Ann Hone
Lori Hone4 years ago

Great rescue, now that's one you don't hear about. God bless everyone who was involve and what a lucky family.

Kathy Crews
Kathy Crews4 years ago

My heavens....how sad that someone would put that beautiful little pup on top of a double boxcar like that. That was really way up there for such a tiny little gal. I would have been scared to death so I am sure that she was too. Not to mention the fact that the train was moving at speeds of 50 mph or more at times. She was a mighty lucky little thing to have been seen when she was. I, personally, send a HUGE thank you to the family that not only spotted this little girl but made that 911 call to ensure her rescue. How wonderful that the fire department made the effort to climb up there to get her down and into the arms of her forever family. What a heartwarming story. Thank you so much for bringing this story to Care2 for all of us to see.

Elaine A.
Elaine Al Meqdad4 years ago


Winn Adams
Winn A4 years ago

Thanks so much to all the people who came to this dogs rescue!

Sheri D.
Sheri D4 years ago

Thank you to everyone involved in rescuing this puppy.