Early Sunday morning, Oregon resident Jared Twedell was driving to the local recycling center when he noticed something strange.
“There are railroad tracks near the gate, and out of the corner of my eye, I caught this flicker of movement,” Twedell told The Dodo. “I thought it was a deer lying on the tracks.”
In hopes of encouraging the animal to leave the tracks, Twedell rolled his window down to whistle toward it. A set of ears perked up, and Twedell realized it was actually a dog.
But he was tied to the tracks.
“I went into panic mode,” Twedell said. “He tried to walk toward the car and the rope pulled him back.”
The train comes through that area at least three times each day — and Twedell had no clue how much time he had. Pulling off to the side, Twedell rushed out of his car.
“He was obviously scared,” Twedell 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.” Twedell’s only concern at that moment was making sure the dog got untied safely and made it into his car. The young dog was exhausted from being out in the heat — and it was clear someone had intentionally left him out there.