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Published August 16, 2012, 09:34 AM

Polk County authorities investigating possible animal cruelty case

Polk County, MN (WDAY TV) - The Polk County Humane society is trying to treat a dog that may have been hit by a train as a result of animal abuse. Witnesses say they saw the dog dragging himself by railroad tracks near Fisher. A man who found the dog claims its back legs were tied with twine when he found it.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ, WDAY

Polk County, MN (WDAY TV) - The Polk County Humane society is trying to treat a dog that may have been hit by a train as a result of animal abuse. Witnesses say they saw the dog dragging himself by railroad tracks near Fisher. A man who found the dog claims its back legs were tied with twine when he found it.

Burlington Northern Railroad workers notified the Fisher Cenex of the dog that was laying next to the tracks just west of town. The track maintenance man went to check it out and called the Cenex back.

Jim Mix - Cenex Store Manager: "And that is when he found that the back legs were tied together with twine. Got the dogs legs loose and took him to the humane society."

That information has led some, including the Humane Society, to believe the dog may have been intentionally placed on the tracks.

Jean Hagl - Polk County: "Anger - it's like, how could somebody do that?"

Jim Mix: "Twine tied around the tracks so they were not sure if the dog got tangled out or if was tied to the tracks."

Workers at the Humane Society say three trains went by while the dog was there. He survived all of them, so they decided to name him Lucky. Veterinarian Richard Odegard says the injuries make it very possible the dog was hit by the train.

Richard Odegard - Kindness Animal Clinic: “The two abrasions that the dog has looks like it could have been drug along and maybe got kind of like a burn type of abrasion."

Lucky was injured in many places. He has a ripped ear which will have to be amputated, and he'll need surgery on one of his back hips because it's fractured – but Lucky is expected to survive.

Jean Hagl: "Railroad workers and even the people in Fisher and even the sheriff department have said you will never see this again a dog survives being hit by a train. "

The humane society is putting up these flyers to help raise money for the vet bills, which could reach one thousand dollars if further surgeries are needed.

Richard Odegard. "Certainly I have seen dog that have been hit by trains and stuff. Usually they are not as lucky as this one.”

There isn't enough information for the Polk County Sheriff’s office to investigate. The dog's owner hasn't come forward.

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