Story update: Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad has donated $2000 to the Riverside County Dept. of Animal Services towards the medical care of "Champ" the dog who was found yesterday by railroad employee Duane Vanadestine as he was checking tracks near Champion Street in Riverside.
A Riverside County animal control officer responded to a call for assistance by a team of railroad workers.
The officer found a dog in the middle of the tracks this morning. The dog suffered injuries possibly related to a brush with a train. The location was on the tracks near Chicago and Marlborough Avenues in Riverside, Calif.
The dog is a female brown, black and white Terrier mix. She is about two-years-old. She is not microchipped and did not have any other identifiers.
Her injuries do not appear to be life threatening. Specifically, her hind was bruised and showed signs of abrasions that could have been associated with having been dragged momentarily. The dog's right ear was also bruised badly and she had a serious abrasion to her head.
Veterinary professionals with Riverside County Animal Services treated the dog with pain medications and sutured the serious abrasion on her head. The dog remains under medication and routine observation.