Dogs are known as man's best friend, and who could argue with that looking at this little guy at the Floyd County Animal Shelter? That is what makes the phone call officials here received from CSX transportation Friday so puzzling.
“They had found a dog on top of one of their rail-cars. The car was full of coal, the dog was on top. They had no idea at first how it got there or anything and they just needed some help with getting it down and getting some medical attention,” said Shauna Brown.
The images taken at the scene say more than words can describe: a small white dog, covered in black dust, its right eye out of its socket. CSX officials say the dog was first discovered by a passing train around 8:30 Friday morning. Shortly afterwards, it was rushed to a local veterinary clinic.
“We tried to give him something for pain and tried to see if we could save the eye but we couldn't save the eye,” said Dr. Rudolph Ousley.
Other than the lost eye, the dog is expected to make a full recovery. But a big questions remains: how could this have happened?
“They think it had been thrown from an overpass onto the train as it was moving because it was on top of the coal, had it been there beforehand then the coal would have been on top of the dog,” Brown said.
Of course, exactly what happened is still unknown at this point, but officials at CSX Transportation, as well as the animal shelter, told WYMT they are confident the dog will be well taken care of from this point forward.