A misplaced dog in Manhattan ran from the Upper West Side, through the Midtown Tunnel, and all the way in which to Long Island City earlier than she was found hiding out in a warehouse with a pack of feral cats a week later — and astonishingly introduced again house in one piece.
“It’s a miracle,” Heather Angus, a nurse anesthetist who lives on the Upper West Side, instructed The Post of her mutt Indie.
The rescue pup, who was saved from the imply streets of Kolkata, India three months in the past, had been dwelling the great life with Angus till final Tuesday night when she broke away from a dog sitter close to Amsterdam Avenue and West 78th Street and bolted.
“It’s the worst nightmare of any dog owner,” mentioned Angus, who works at Mount Sinai Hospital and took care of the “sickest of the sickest” all all through the pandemic.
Luckily for her, Indie was catching eyes throughout Manhattan as she galloped throughout city. Before Angus was even instructed Indie was lacking, she had cropped up on Nextdoor, a social media website for neighbors, as a slew of residents caught glimpses of her as she made her approach south.
First she was noticed operating down Amsterdam after which into Riverside Park earlier than making appearances on Broadway and West End Avenue close to West 62nd Street, Angus mentioned.
Neighbors reported seeing a dog “running at speeds never before seen” because the spooked pup dodged between vehicles and evaded pedestrians that attempted to cease her.
Just over an hour after the previous avenue dog went lacking, she made her most important look when she was caught on surveillance video dashing through the Midtown Tunnel.
Workers from the MTA spotted her and stopped traffic contained in the tunnel — on the Manhattan-bound entrance on the Queens aspect — so they may attempt to catch her, or at the very least cease any vehicles from hitting her.
“Officers blocked traffic to save the dog from potential injury,” MTA spokesperson Renee Price instructed The Post.
“They saved her life.”
The surveillance video of Indie’s wild run reveals her trotting between vehicles on the peak of rush hour, outrunning an MTA officer and escaping from the mouth of the tunnel and onto the Long Island Expressway earlier than vanishing once more.
Indie’s car-stopping look practically obtained her killed but it surely was the clue that finally led to her recapture, Angus mentioned.
“I started to feel hopeless but I received a call that night from a Bridge and Tunnels officer who said she tried to stop a dog with an appearance similar to Indie while she was bolting through the Queens Midtown Tunnel,” Angus mentioned.
“I couldn’t piece [together] how she went from 62nd and West End all the way to the Queens Midtown Tunnel until I received a tip about a dog running down 36th and Fifth. It was amazingly unbelievable but the timelines were matching up.”
That evening, Angus checked a Facebook web page for misplaced pets in Queens and certain sufficient, Indie had been noticed operating through Hunters Point close to thirtieth Street in Long Island City.
She flooded the neighborhood with flyers and on Tuesday, a warehouse employee referred to as the rescue group serving to Angus and mentioned that they had her.
“It’s like finding a needle in a haystack,” mentioned Michael Ripinsky from the rescue group Zani’s Furry Friends who picked Indie up from the warehouse.
“I believed the dog was in Central Park, I used to be pondering there’s no approach that dog went from West End Avenue and obtained to the Midtown Tunnel, I cant discover the Midtown Tunnel!
“Somehow she ran through the Midtown Tunnel without getting hit by a car during rush hour traffic and found a warehouse to run into. That’s incredible.”
Indie spent a few week within the thirtieth Place warehouse and fortunately for her, it was already inhabited by a household of cats — and their meals and water — which is how Ripinsky and Angus thinks Indie survived.
When she was found, Indie was lined in black tar, scrapes and was dehydrated and one pound thinner however aside from that, she’s “doing well” and glad to be again house, Angus mentioned.
“She came home and ran circles around the apartment and found her favorite tennis balls,” the relieved mother mentioned in a textual content message.
“This story is a miracle but it was only possible because of all the angels involved… I’ve lived in the city for 11 years and it never ceases to amaze me.”