A 78-year-old man has tied a puppy to railway tracks in the California desert, and an engineer had to use emergency brakes to keep from hitting the dog, officials said.
Riverside County animal control said Banjo, a 10-month-old poodle-terrier mix, is fine and up for adoption. The train was near Mecca on April 2 when the engineer saw a man walking away from the tracks and stopped.
Union Pacific Special Agent Sal Pina responded and called the scene "one of the worst things I've seen". Special Agent Pina untied Banjo and detained the man, who said his family did not want the dog and did not know what to do.
Mr Pina said he could not pursue charges against the unidentified man because he appeared confused and did not understand what he had done.