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Dog Dodges Metro-North Train for More Than a Mile

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Every dog has its day, and one has many more to come after dodging a Metro-North train for more than a mile and living to bark about it. NY1's Jose Martinez filed the following report.

Meet Tie, who's one lucky dog.

On Wednesday, the fearless pup was reunited with the two Metropolitan Transportation Authority police officers who rescued her from the tracks at the 125th Street Metro-North station a day earlier. That's where she somehow managed to dodge death for more than a mile by running ahead of and next to a Hudson Line train bound for Grand Central Terminal.

"The fact is, you have live rails there. You can definitely get electrocuted, and we definitely wanted to have that possibility diminished," said MTA police officer Luis Alvarez. "We wanted the dog alive."

Alvarez and partner Errold Borges were on the platform when they coaxed the shepherd-collie mix off the tracks and up stairs after getting a call about a dog on the loose in a bad spot.

"We whistled, called, and it actually came to us," Alvarez said. "So it was actually very happy to see somebody."

And why not? Metro-North said the dog had been on the tracks for more than a mile, actually crossing a rail bridge from the Bronx and keeping pace with a train slowed by its motorman.

"He did a very good job making sure that the dog was not hit by his equipment," Alvarez said.

Officials at the MTA and Animal Care and Control have named her Tie, as in railroad ties, although they said she probably had an earlier name given by someone who cared about her.

"There's really no indication that she's been living outside or on the street or without an owner," said Risa Weinstock, executive director of Animal Care and Control. "As you can see, she did a lot of tricks and she knows a lot of commands, and that's not something that you just learn on the streets."

For now, she'll lap up the limelight as the most famous rescue dog at the city shelter.

"They''ll take care of the dog," Borges said. "They'll find shelter, and hopefully an owner."

What's next for Tie? Well, if her owner doesn't surface by Friday, officials at the Animal Care and Control Center will put her up for adoption, just as they do with close to 30,000 animals that come here every year.

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