Chippawa Falls, Wisconsin Herald
With the help of a policeman and an animal control officer, the Siberian Husky whose tail had frozen to a railroad track was released just minutes before a train was due.
When no one came forward to claim him, over 400 people inquired about adopting him and 50 people filled out applications. Now “Ice Train” has a new home. The new owner, who was chosen for his ability to provide a good home for the dog, has two Huskies and a fenced in area for the dogs to exercise.
The original owner was walking the dog when it ran away from him. The family had gotten the dog as a gift. To their credit, they had serious doubts about their ability to handle the responsibility of a dog that size and allowed him to be adopted by someone else.
Two things strike me about this story. First is the motivation of anyone giving a large dog as a gift to a family who is not eager or prepared to take on such a big responsibility.
Second, it’s too bad that dogs have to go through physical traumas and become celebrities in order to attract hundreds of people who want to adopt them However, people who came to the animal shelter to visit Ice Train the celebrity ended up adopting two dogs and three cats who were not famous. So Ice Train was a force for good.