This footage shows a terrified dog chained to a railway track after a train thundered down the line but the driver gets out to free the helpless pooch.
Video footage of the incident shows the driver of the massive orange locomotive who has managed to stop as he films himself climbing down from the cab and heading towards the panicked dog.
The driver can be heard saying: “How can there be people so bad, who leave little dogs tied up on the tracks. You cannot do that. I hope someday the human race changes.”
The dog, clearly terrified from what can be seen, can be heard barking and growling as it tries to run away. Local media claim the driver released the pooch and it ran away from the scene straight away.
The incident took place in the town and commune of Llay-Llay, in the central Chilean region of Valparaiso and the video that was posted online has received over 137,000 views, with the municipality of Llay-Llay confirming that a criminal complaint for animal abuse will be filed against those who tied the dog up.
An investigation has been launched and Edgardo Gonzalez, the Mayor of the town, said: “We are shocked by the cruelty seen in our society. We condemn and reject this incident against a defenceless animal, and we are thankful for the behaviour of the driver who saved its life.
“As a municipality, we are taking the actions that need to be done [and are filing] a criminal complaint against the culprits and we also contacted the driver to offer our help to give this little dog the veterinary attention and other things it needs. We will also find a way of putting the little dog up for adoption.”
Netizen ‘Catalina Arriaza Bustos’ said: “Poor little dog, how can anyone be so cruel? Thanks sir for stopping the train and helping this beautiful animal, God bless you.”
It is unclear what happened to the dog. It is also unclear if the train was a cargo train or a passenger train.
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