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Dog found tied to rail car in Fayette County

| Thursday, May 2, 2013, 8:48 p.m.
Evan R. Sanders | Tribune-Review
Dana Earnesty, 35, of Everson, walks away from the location she had found a stray dog tied to the train car behind her, while looking out of her window on Thursday, May 2, 2013.

A Fayette County woman who noticed a small dog near railroad tracks on Thursday afternoon figured someone was walking it to a nearby field to play — until a friend told her that the dog was tied to a rail car on the tracks.

“Those cars are just sitting there right now, but this afternoon, they'll come and hook them up,” said Dana Earnesty, motioning toward the rail cars parked on tracks in Everson.

“She could have been dragged to death,” Earnesty said. “I wasn't going to leave her there to get killed.”

The dog was secured to the rail car with a red, plastic-coated metal leash.

Earnesty said it was frightened at first and ran under the car when she approached, but she coaxed it out with pepperoni.

The dog, a female black and white border collie mix, had a collar but no tags. Earnesty said she knocked on doors along Graff Street to try to find the dog's owner, but no one claimed her.

Earnesty took the dog to her Everson home, where it was so hungry it ate three cans of dog food.

“She scarfed them down like nothing,” Earnesty said.

Tammy McGregor, a humane agent with the Fayette County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said she was not surprised to hear of the dog's plight. McGregor said she receives calls daily for abandoned dogs.

Two weeks ago, McGregor said, she rescued a white boxer that was abandoned on Telegraph and Rush Run Road in Luzerne. The owners dropped the dog off with bowls of food and water, she said.

“She was sitting there, waiting for them to come back,” McGregor said.

McGregor said people abandon dogs for various reasons, including a misconception that the society's shelter on Rankin Air Shaft Road in North Union charges to take in unwanted pets.

Earnesty, who has three Chihuahuas of her own, reluctantly turned the dog over to McGregor.

She said she will check with the shelter and if the dog is not adopted by someone else, she likely will adopt it.

McGregor said the dog, believed to be 2 years old, will be available for adoption within 48 hours.

Anyone interested in adopting the dog, or other pets awaiting homes at the shelter, should call 724-438-3121.

Liz Zemba is a reporter for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-601-2166 or lzemba@tribweb.com.

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