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Dog recovering after being struck by train in Riverside County

January 19, 2012 |  6:07 pm

Trinity is recovering from surgery
An abandoned dog whose leg was apparently severed by a train in Riverside County was recovering Thursday afternoon from surgery.

A crossing guard found the 4-year-old female terrier-mix dog early Wednesday lying on train tracks near Center Street and Transit Avenue north of Riverside, animal services officials said.

An officer with the Riverside County Department of Animal Services took the dog to a local shelter, where it was treated for shock before undergoing surgery.

The dog, nicknamed "Trinity" by medical staff at the Western Riverside City/County Animal Shelter, will have to undergo a second surgery, the department said in a release.

The crossing guard who found the injured animal, Linda Tobin, said she has seen a number of dogs abandoned in that area.

"So many people dump them off and then walk away," Tobin said in the statement. "It's real bad."

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Photo: Trinity is recovering from surgery. Credit: Riverside County Department of Animal Services

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