A puppy that was tied to railroad tracks in a gruesome attempt to get rid of it is now up for adoption with Riverside County Animal Services.
The 10-month-old poodle-terrier mix, named “Banjo” for old train traffic signals, was rescued last week by a train engineer who saw the fluffy pup tied to the tracks ahead of him.
The engineer noticed a man walking away from something left on the Mecca-area tracks about 5 p.m. April 2, Riverside County Animal Services said in a statement Tuesday.
The engineer used the train's emergency brakes to stop and avoided hitting the puppy, officials said. A Union Pacific agent arrived and freed the dog.