Dog hit by train, car in 1 day survives

Shelter staff look for dog's owner

Published On: Apr 20 2012 06:14:16 PM EDT   Updated On: Apr 23 2012 11:04:27 AM EDT
Miracle
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -

Workers at Broward County Animal Care and Adoption call her "Miracle," the perfect name for a female chocolate Lab who cheated death twice. 

Matthew Knowles saw the whole thing. His title is "animal specialist" but you might know him best as a "dog catcher."

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He spotted the chocolate Lab running up the street. He slowed down, but said the car behind him didn't and slammed right into her side. 

Knowles said she began rolling over several times before bouncing up and running off. 

That she got up from such a hard hit was the first surprise. 

Fearful she would dart into the road, he followed alongside of her to keep the dog on the sidewalk. 

Then, to his disbelief and horror, the dog took off onto the train tracks at Northwest 27th Avenue and Northwest 19th Street in Fort Lauderdale. 

As he approached the dog, he then heard the distinctive hoot of an oncoming train's horn. He saw the lights. The fast, three-car Tri-Rail train was approaching, and Knowles said the dog didn't seem to notice. 

"I felt helpless," said Knowles. He said the train raced over the dog's body, and Knowles was convinced she was dead. 

Her body lay still on the tracks, and so Knowles sadly walked back to his truck to get a plastic bag.

But as he got close, he noticed something. The chocolate Lab was breathing. 

Then she looked up at him and smiled. Knowles couldn't believe it. He said it speaks to the resilience of dogs.  

Not only had she survived, but she only suffered some cuts to her face -- not a single broken or fractured bone in her body. 

Knowles told Local 10 in his four years on the job, he's seen plenty of terrible accidents involving dogs, but nothing comes close to this. 

To be first hit by a car, then a train, and be just fine tells him life decided to give this dog a second chance. 

She's under observation and is being given pain medications for her bumps and bruises. 

Workers at the animal shelter recorded video for Local 10 and took some pictures of the dog they have called Miracle. They told Local 10 they were impressed by how good-natured she has been given her recent trauma. 

It does appear she had puppies not too long ago, and workers believe she might be someone's pet given her good disposition and health. 

Now, the hunt is on for her owner. Knowles also wants to reunite her with her puppies, who may be missing her. 

Broward County Animal Care and Adoption said if no one comes forward claiming her by Tuesday, they'll put her up for adoption. 

If you think she belongs to you, they ask that you bring a picture with you and/or vet records as proof. 

The shelter is open Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Broward County Animal Care and Adoption is at 1870 SW 39th St. in Fort Lauderdale. The phone number is 954-359-1313 Ext. 9238.

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