Dog on subway tracks in Midtown Manhattan causes subway delays

MIDTOWN, Manhattan (WABC) -- Authorities are working to help a mother and daughter find their missing puppy that managed to get loose on the subway tracks in Midtown.

The 8-month-old English Cocker Spaniel named Marley Monroe slipped out from her leash at the Herald Square subway stop on Thursday evening before jumping onto the tracks and running uptown.

The MTA tweeted at 6 p.m. that northbound N, Q, R, and W trains were running at slower speeds between 34 Street-Herald Square and Times Square-42 Street as crews attempt to rescue the dog.

Trains were stopped for a short period while MTA workers walked the track and checked the third rails, but didn't find her.

Paula Boodoosingh and her daughter, Bianca Ottley were taking Marley to a kennel for the weekend because they were planning to go away.



Boodoosingh had been sitting with Marley on a bench when the dog, spooked by the trains slipped from her harness and darted away.

"I was getting something out...for her to play with, and she was nervous, and next thing I know she wiggled out of her harness," she said.

"She's eight months old, she's very sweet, she's the baby of the family right now," added Ottley.

The whole fiasco became quite a talker on social media.

"Our subway conductor just announced that our train was being held because 'there is a puppy on the tracks at 34th St,'" one Twitter user wrote.



Another pleaded for the MTA to "save that puppy."


Police pulled out all the stops, and even let Boodoosingh and Ottley ride in the operators' cabs on several trains so they could look for Marley themselves.

At the end of the day when there as nothing left to do, officers gave the two a ride home as they struggled to not give up hope.

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