While Jared Twedell was driving along the road to a recycling center one day, he happened to be a witness of another animal cruelty. He saw something strange on the railroad track so he immediately stopped to check on it.
Recalling the incident, Twedell said, “There are railroad tracks near the gate, and out of the corner of my eye, I caught this flicker of movement. I thought it was a deer lying on the tracks.” He whistled to get the animals’ attention and to scare it away but it didn’t move. So he drove closer, and what he saw broke his heart.
While slowly and carefully approaching while still in his car, he saw the animal perk up its ears and he realized that what he was seeing was not a deer – it’s a dog!
And while inspecting the situation, he noticed that the poor dog was tied to the train tracks. And by the looks of it, he was left there on purpose and there’s no way for the pooch to leave on its own. He said, “I went into panic mode. He tried to walk toward the car and the rope pulled him back.”
He knew that the train would run over those tracks three times a day. However, he didn’t know when the train would come that time. He is also aware that he doesn’t know how much time he had to save the dog. But he knew that he had to try. He got out of his car and rushed over to see how he could untie him and set him free.
Twedell said that it was obvious that the dog was really scared. He said, “I was worried about whether or not he would let me get close to him. I patted my leg and said, ‘Hey little buddy!’ His tail just started wagging. That’s when I knew he would be OK with me approaching him.”
The dog looks tired and exhausted. Nobody knows how long he has been under the sun. Thankfully, Twedell was able to free the dog. He then brought the pooch safely off the train tracks. But he knows that he could not just leave the dog in that state. And something told him that the dog should go home with him. And he did!
He brought the dog to his car and drove him home. He was accepted with open hearts by his new family. In fact, they even gave him a new name and are now calling him “Samson.” He got a nice bath and had the best time meeting Twedells’ other pets – two rescue dogs, cats, and a Flemish giant rabbit. He said, “The dogs have all been getting along great. All they’ve been doing since I brought Samson home is play.”
Samson is a huge dog but his family knows that he would still grow a lot bigger. They believe that he is only 6-months old.
Twedell was surely at the right place at the right time that day. If he did not happen to pass by the railroad tracks that day, the dog would not have survived if not the train, the heat would have made him dehydrated or might have caused him heatstroke.