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Hero Train Engineer in California saves Terrified Pup Tied to Railroad Tracks
NY Daily News ^ | April 10, 2013 | Lee Moran

Posted on 04/10/2013 7:56:54 AM PDT by Bon of Babble

The Union Pacific railroad engineer brought his train to a screeching halt as the locomotive came roaring toward the 10-month old terrier mix Banjo. Authorities tracked down the 78-year-old owner who told agents his family 'didn't want the dog' and he 'didn't know what to do with him.'

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TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: dogs
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To: jboot

Of course it’s possible. Who said it wasn’t?


51 posted on 04/10/2013 10:00:53 AM PDT by Houghton M.
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To: kabumpo

Continuum, yes. A continuum with no distinction between animal life and human life, no.

If you don’t see that, I pity you.


52 posted on 04/10/2013 10:01:43 AM PDT by Houghton M.
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To: LADY J

Yes, someone will take him and love him forever now. He’ll have a good home.
I had to put my pup down today. My heart is broken, can’t stop crying.


53 posted on 04/10/2013 11:29:42 AM PDT by sunny48
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To: glyptol

I’m afraid I’m with you. I wouldn’t have stopped for the dog. It is a great story and makes you feel good that somebody values life that much, but the sad fact is that millions of dogs, cats, rabbits and other pets are being put down annually in this depression. As a symbol, it is a nice act. As far as making a dent in the millions of dogs & cats being put down in shelters around the USA, never mind Europe & the rest of the world — it is absolute zero.

Call me heartless but with all the deer and cattle that get hit by trains, I can’t get excited about one more dog. The condition of the 78 year old that would tie a dog to tracks — now that concerns me.


54 posted on 04/10/2013 12:01:50 PM PDT by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (Free goodies for all -- Freedom for none.)
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To: Bon of Babble

The same people on this thread bemoaning the very idea of the dog being killed, will tonight have a big platter of steak or veal or pork and not think twice about the livestock murdered for their dinner.

Either animals have immortal souls or they don’t. If they do, then we should NOT be eating them, or even killing them. If they don’t, then the loss of another puppy, while sad, is not a very big deal in the world.

Anyway, hope all of you crying over the puppy enjoy your big tenderloin steak tonight. I mean, steak just grows on trees right?


55 posted on 04/10/2013 12:04:53 PM PDT by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (Free goodies for all -- Freedom for none.)
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To: Bon of Babble

This makes me sick. What is wrong with people?


56 posted on 04/10/2013 12:27:14 PM PDT by lone star annie
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To: baddog 219

you don’t have to worry- if this old guy is senile and/or bats**t crazy his family soon won’t know what to do with HIM! Railroad tracks are what he thought of to dispose of an unwanted life- I imagine his family thinks the same.


57 posted on 04/10/2013 12:28:54 PM PDT by ClearBlueSky (When anyone says its not about Islam...it's about Islam. That death cult must be eradicated.)
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To: sunny48
"Yes, someone will take him and love him forever now. He’ll have a good home.

I had to put my pup down today. My heart is broken, can’t stop crying."

One of the hardest things in life we have to do when we have a family dog.

Years later - it still brings some tears - but the paw prints are forever on your heart!!

(((HUGS)) & LOVE TO YOU. I'm so sorry!!!

58 posted on 04/10/2013 2:14:53 PM PDT by LADY J (You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have. - Author Unknown)
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To: glyptol

I am glad I will never have to meet you. You sound awful.

Oh, yeah..tell me how humans are more important.I know that.


59 posted on 04/10/2013 3:41:08 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (Go Galt!)
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To: RC one

Exactly right..which is the REAL reason we have animal abuse laws now.


60 posted on 04/10/2013 3:41:57 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (Go Galt!)
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To: grobdriver

I agree. a “screeching halt” on a train is tens of thousands of dollars worth of damage to the wheels and brake pads.


61 posted on 04/10/2013 3:43:45 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: Cyber Liberty

I assume it was going very slow, cause these things don’t stop very quickly, and how far ahead could the engr see?


62 posted on 04/10/2013 3:44:39 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: nascarnation

I assume so too. What I can’t get is why someone would do this to a dawg? I guess he thought he was doing his part to make this a better world or something.


63 posted on 04/10/2013 3:50:27 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: Cyber Liberty

Story said the owner suffers from senile dementia and won’t be charged with a crime.

Since it’s California, maybe he should run for Congress...


64 posted on 04/10/2013 3:52:44 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: nascarnation

I hope if I get crazy like that someone will save my kittehs. They’re pretty tough. Especially that one. Fred.


65 posted on 04/10/2013 4:01:18 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: glyptol; SkyDancer
"I don’t think I would have stopped for a dog. A person yes."

Well, the allegedly senile guy who tied the dog to the tracks, was apparently doing so as the train was approaching. Otherwise, the engineer might not have even seen what was going on.

Maybe you can cut the engineer some slack, since hindsight is 20/20, maybe he didn't know the crazy dude wasn't going to jump in front of him as he got closer. So maybe he was really stopping for the person.

Does that make it any better for you?

Proverbs 12:10
66 posted on 04/10/2013 5:48:52 PM PDT by green pastures (Cynicism-- it's not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: green pastures

Tying the dog to the track. No, it doesn’t make it better for me. You mean to tell me the guy couldn’t have thought of some other convenient method of doing away with the dog? Like dropping it off to PETA? They’d kill it for him.


67 posted on 04/10/2013 6:01:26 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: Houghton M.

I don’t understand people who can’t show compassion for both. Or why animal threads on FR attract so many pro-life posters who in turn make sweeping generalizations about those who happen to care about animal cruelty.

Sorry, but I find it hard to listen to posters claiming those who show sympathy towards animals aren’t able to care about the murder of innocent children. Just because the hearts of the thread-hijackers aren’t big enough to do both, doesn’t make it true of others.

Proverbs 12:10


68 posted on 04/10/2013 6:08:49 PM PDT by green pastures (Cynicism-- it's not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: SkyDancer

My comments were directed only to your assertion you would not have stopped for a dog, but only for a person.

Never asked you if tying the dog made it better for you. Asked if the possibility the engineer started to stop the train because the guy who tied the dog to the track might have still been close enough to jump or fall in front of the train, made it better for you. Thus, the motive would have been stopping the train for the person, instead of directly for the dog.

Please go back and re-read my post if this doesn’t make sense— and work on not twisting other people’s words.

Agreed, PETA would have killed the dog for him.


69 posted on 04/10/2013 6:16:17 PM PDT by green pastures (Cynicism-- it's not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: Bon of Babble

That is one terrified puppie!


70 posted on 04/10/2013 6:20:42 PM PDT by tob2 (I may not be perfect but I'm always me)
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To: SkyDancer

Sorry, my original reply was to glyptol, who made the comment about not stopping for a dog, only a person. So, I can see if you didn’t follow the thread back.,,

I only included you on it, having to do with other trains that might be on the line behind it comment.

My apologies.


71 posted on 04/10/2013 6:20:44 PM PDT by green pastures (Cynicism-- it's not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: green pastures
Please re-read my original post too. Then comment.

Please do not "REPLY" to my comments unless you are actually going to make a "reply" instead of a "Lookie here dummie"

72 posted on 04/10/2013 6:21:03 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: green pastures

Ditto - please excuse my latest post to you as well.


73 posted on 04/10/2013 6:21:53 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: ScottinVA

“Very pleased this had a happy ending, but damn... there are some evil “people” out there.”

Me too. Get that special place in hell ready for the perps.


74 posted on 04/10/2013 6:23:28 PM PDT by tob2 (I may not be perfect but I'm always me)
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To: SkyDancer

We’re good.

I’m just a bit down to bare wire tonight...

Take care...


75 posted on 04/10/2013 6:28:04 PM PDT by green pastures (Cynicism-- it's not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: green pastures

No wurries .... you too.


76 posted on 04/10/2013 7:04:27 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: green pastures

Who said it wasn’t possible? Our gripe is that the MSM doesn’t do what’s possible.

Your criticism is a straw man argument. You claim we say it’s not possible to be compassionate toward both.

I never said that. I said that in fact a lot of people have more compassion toward animals than toward unborn babies. Indeed, they have zero for the latter.

So this story becomes MSM news and babies tied to railroad tracks are yawned at.

The criticism is NOT directed at you but at the people who turned this into a big story but REFUSE even to lift a brain cell toward the human parallel.

If you wanted to you could agree with our criticism without getting defensive and mad at us.

if you wanted to.


77 posted on 04/10/2013 7:28:00 PM PDT by Houghton M.
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To: green pastures

And my comment was sparked by the direct linking of doggies and babies by someone (was it you?) who wrote that someone who lacks compassion for this dog on the railroad tracks must not have any children.

It was the dog-lover who drew the parallel, equating compaasion for children with compassion for dogs.

I’m perfectly fine with compassion for both but I insist that dogs and babies are NOT equal. Period.


78 posted on 04/10/2013 7:30:58 PM PDT by Houghton M.
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To: Houghton M.

No, wasn’t me.

And no, they aren’t equal. But a person should be able to have, and express, compassion for both.


79 posted on 04/10/2013 7:48:29 PM PDT by green pastures (Cynicism-- it's not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: Houghton M.

You seem not to know what the word continuum means.


80 posted on 04/10/2013 10:53:27 PM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: kabumpo

You seem to be mistaken.


81 posted on 04/11/2013 7:50:44 PM PDT by Houghton M.
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To: jboot

False dichotomy. It is possible to care about both dogs and unborn children at the same time.

Indeed it is, but every time threads like these appear there is the “Why isn’t this a thread about (fill in blank with favorite human-related issue)____________” crowd jumping in with their self-righteous finger shaking. Unreal. Single-issues posters, I suppose.


82 posted on 04/12/2013 6:46:43 PM PDT by JLLH
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To: LADY J

Thank you LADYJ


83 posted on 04/15/2013 2:07:29 PM PDT by sunny48
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