LIRR Dog Reunited With Owner

Hobo 005The runaway dog that was found riding a Long Island Rail Road train Tuesday night is back home.

A person who picked up the phone at the Town of Babylon shelter said the pooch reunited with his family on Thursday, the same day the dog was taken to the shelter. He said the dog lives about 500 yards from the railroad and the family called the shelter even before the news of the lost dog was all over the Internet.

MTA police officers found the yellow lab mix when the train stopped in Farmingdale. According to riders the dog had gotten on two stops earlier in Wyandanch.

“Hobo,” the name they affectionately gave the 85-pound dog, probably bolted during the thunderstorm, authorities concluded.

“There must have been a huge clap of thunder and he just bolted. A lot of dogs get frightened with the thunder,” Pat Rosen of Long Island Veterinary Specialists in Plainview said. Hobo was brought to LIVS after he was found, and immediately stole the hearts of the staff.

“He’s a very friendly and affectionate dog who loves to be pet and give kisses,” Rosen said. “Everybody here fell in love with him.

-With Rashed Mian