Rail-Ridin Pup Rescued

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - 10:01am

Family adopts puppy they spotted on top of a moving train.

A black Lab puppy is lucky to be alive after being rescued from the top of a train car after a journey that had a mysterious beginning.

No one knows how the puppy, who appears to be about 3 months old, ended up on top of the Norfolk Southern train that left Pennsylvania and had already gone through Virginia and North Carolina on its way to Atlanta.

Tina Parker of Pickens, South Carolina said she and her family were driving home Sunday night when they stopped at a red light as the train passed by.

Parker said she spotted what she at first thought was trash on top of the train.

She said the "trash" started moving and she realized it was a puppy.

Parker called 911 and then followed the train on to Liberty.

A Norfolk Southern spokeswoman said they were alerted to stop the train, which was then traveling at 50 miles per hour.

The Parker family helped spot which car in the long train the puppy was on top of.

"The only thing we can think is probably somebody put her up there," Parker said.

The Liberty Fire Department arrived and used a ladder to reach the pup on the top of theboxcar.

The cars carried double-stacked containers, making them about 20-feet tall.

The wayward puppy has been taken in by her heroes, the Parker family.

"It's fate," Parker said.

They have named the puppy Boxcar Hunter, or Boxy for short.

She has an appointment for her first vet visit in about a week, but she seems healthy, and happy to be off the train.

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