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Sandra Yi ReportingCats may not be the only animal with nine lives. One very lucky dog cheated death and now has quite the survivor's 'tail'.
A German Shepherd was walking along the train tracks yesterday morning when disaster struck, literally. People who came to his aid say it's a miracle he survived. They hope it doesn't take another miracle to find his owner
Mel Bailey: "I thought he was one lucky dog."
Luck was on this dog's side yesterday morning. He is still alive after being hit by a fast moving TRAX train. And even then, the vet says he doesn't have any broken bones, just a lot of cuts and scratches.
Mel Bailey: "He's the miracle dog, for sure."
Mel Bailey came to the dog's aid after the accident.
Mel Bailey: "It seemed like to him that the train sucked him up and underneath the train. It dragged him about 40 to 50 feet."
The dog was too heavy to move out of harm's way, so Bailey ran home to get a gurney. To everyone's surprise, the dog needed little help.
Mel Bailey: "I went over to him and had some leashes in the jeep and I just looped it over his neck and all of a sudden he got up and he walked over to the side and we were like, 'how are we going to lift him over this barrier?' and he just jumped over...He was a really good dog. He didn't try to bite us even though he was in massive pain."
The dog seemed to be in so much pain, animal control officers wanted to euthanize him, but Bailey paid for vet care.
Mel Bailey: "It just seemed like the right thing to do, when an animal is in pain or something like that, to help out."
Now Bailey hopes the dog will soon be reunited with his owner.
Mel Bailey: "There's an owner out there for sure. He'd be twice lucky if he could find his home now."
The dog could be released to animal control in Sandy as early as tomorrow. If no one claims him, Mel Bailey plans to take him in until a home is found. That won't be very long as already, the vet's office has gotten a lot of calls from people wanting to adopt him.