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PETA will now give a $5,000 reward to catch the person who tied three dogs to the CSX train tracks in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood. Only one dog survived.

A railroad worker found the bodies of two of the dogs who had been fatally hit by a train. A third, very small dog survived.

Caretakers at the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter believe the dog hunched down as the trained roared by, and due to her small size, miraculously managed to survive.

The dog had a collar, but no owner information. Officials are not sure if the pup was stolen or ran away.

“The plans are to let her chill out, get used to us, get medical check-up and she’ll get shots,” said Cuyahoga County Dog Warden Lesley Desouza. “We’ll reassess putting her up for adoption if the owners don’t come and claim her.”

For now, the shelter is thrilled with how well she is adjusting, considering the terrifying ordeal she went through.

“When she came in, she was scared to death. Trembling and she wouldn’t let anyone near her,” Desouza said. “Yesterday (Tuesday) we had her out playing. Now she’s comfortable, well adjusted and well-behaved.”

Police are hoping someone comes forward with information about the person who tied the dogs to the railroad tracks.

“Animal abusers are cowards,” says PETA Director Martin Mersereau. “They take their issues out on the most defenseless beings available to them. Cleveland residents have good reason to be concerned. According to law-enforcement agencies and leading mental-health professionals, perpetrators of violent acts against animals are often repeat offenders who pose a serious threat to all animals-including humans.”

Article Courtesy of WOIO 19 Action News