Parler Share
Lifestyle & Human Interest

Sheriff Stops Approaching Train so Rescuers Can Save Badly Injured Pit Bull by Tracks

Parler Share

You’re driving down the street, headed to work or to the gym or some other place you frequent. The drive is routine: everything always looks the same, and you zone out as you pass by familiar sights.

But then something catches your eye — something that is different. There’s a dog walking along the train tracks at the side of the road, with no human in sight.

Your heart is immediately tugged by the wandering pooch. He glances at you, wide-eyed and doubting, and you stop your car.

He’s kind of a scary-looking dog. His coat is a mottled gray and he has the cropped ears and stocky build of a pit bull.

Carefully, you walk up to him and talk to him in a soothing voice. He stands stock-still, watching you, then turns and bolts.

Op-Ed: Merrick Garland Just Made the Lives of All Americans More Interesting

As he takes off, you can see that his shoulder is torn wide open, the skin hanging in a flap against his leg.

That’s something like what some good Samaritans experienced when they found a lost pit bull wandering along a busy set of tracks.

Knowing this was more than they could handle on their own, they immediately called Hope For Paws, a well-known rescue group that helps in the most dire circumstances.

The sheriff was also contacted, as the would-be rescuers knew the tracks were active but had no idea when another train would come roaring through.

Warning: Video contains images of the dog’s graphic shoulder wound

Because the tracks were fenced in on both sides, the dog was mostly trapped. The good Samaritans stuck around to help when Eldad and Loreta of Hope For Paws showed up.

Eldad had them hold a soccer net up to block the wounded pit bull’s path as he tried to corner it against them. As he and Loreta approached with gentle leads, trying to snare the frightened dog, he saw right through their plan and squeezed past the man holding the net against the fence.

Then Eldad and Loreta had no choice but to run around the other side, where Loreta managed to catch the dog with her lead. The pit bull quickly calmed down despite his rough shape, and they took him to the vet for immediate attention.

From 'Trash to Treasure': Rescue Dog on Death's Doorstep Becomes American Humane's Hero Dog 2022

Once at the vet’s, they discovered that not only had the dog’s shoulder been sheared through, his jaw had also been broken. While no one is quite sure what happened, being on the train tracks, it’s possible that he had a run-in with a train or car — something much bigger than himself.

The pup was dubbed “Hulk,” and a few brief days after life-saving surgery, he started opening up and thanking his rescuers with a shower of kisses.

While he has clearly had a rough life in some respects, Hulk is better and looking for a family to love him forever. He is safely in a foster home, but his rescuers are looking forward to him having a life off the streets.

Submit your story here, and subscribe to our best uplifting stories here.

Truth and Accuracy

Submit a Correction →

We are committed to truth and accuracy in all of our journalism. Read our editorial standards.

Parler Share
Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
Austin, Texas
Languages Spoken
English und ein bißchen Deutsch
Topics of Expertise
Faith, Animals, Cooking