This adorable poodle-terrier mix narrowly escaped what could have been a horrific accident, Gawker reports, when the train headed straight for him through the California desert was brought to a screeching halt.

A concerned Union Pacific Railroad engineer made the right choice by pulling the emergency brake on his train after witnessing an old man leave something on the tracks up ahead. After the train had come to a stop a short distance from the object, the engineer walked out and saw the poor scruffy puppy, later named Banjo (squee!), tied to the tracks.

Union Pacific Special Agent Sal Pina responded to the stopped train. "It's probably one of the worst things I've seen," he said, "I've never seen something like this." 

The 78-year-old man who tied the dog to the tracks was later found and questioned, but Riverside County Animal Services said he seemed “confused” and “senile” and “didn’t fully understand what he had done,” so a charge for animal cruelty was never filed.

As for the adorable pup, he’s now up for adoption and we hope he finds an amazing home!

Source: Gawker


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