As daylight was beginning to break Thursday, the Fayette Humane Society received a call from the Washington Court House Police Department in reference to a dog hit by a train.
Additionally, the police dispatcher stated that the dog was under the train engine on the trestle (over Paint Creek). Before humane officers arrived to the scene, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was called to alert the dog warden.
Humane officers Brad Adams and Danyel Bageant arrived to the location and began coordinating a plan for the safety of the dog and themselves before walking onto the trestle. Adams requested animal care technician Bobbi Honicker to respond in case additional equipment be needed for the rescue. The train engineer was also requested to shut down the engine to reduce noise and stress to the dog.
Humane officers walked onto the narrow metal grated bridge along the trestle to get to the dog. Bageant was able to place a leash around the black and white pit bull and managed to pull him out from under the engine to safety.
“The dog got up and began walking without any injuries, wagging his tail,” said Adams. “He must have laid down on the track as the train got close to avoid getting hit, or contact between the front of the train and the dog was minimal.”
The dog was transported to the Fayette County Dog Shelter where he was further assessed. While some people may see a normal beam of light in the background of this photo, humane officers said they see a cross.
“I just prayed and relied on the grace of God,” said Bageant.
This article was submitted by the Fayette Humane Society.