Dog struck by Commuter Rail train rescued in Jamaica Plain

JAMAICA PLAIN, Mass. (WHDH) — A dog severely injured by a Commuter Rail train is now being cared for by the MSPCA before she is put up for adoption.

The Shih-Tzu mix was struck by a train between the Roslindale and Forest Hills stations last week. An MBTA worker found the dog lying on the tracks and rushed her to the Angell Animal Medical Center, where her leg was amputated. Veterinarians said she would have died if the worker did not find her.

“The most important thing is to get them right to a vet and right to an emergency facility because shock sets in really quickly and shock can basically cause them to die,” said Andrea Bessler, a veterinary technician with the MSPCA.

The MSPCA is not sure how the dog ended up on the train tracks. They believe she may have been someone’s pet at one point. Since no one has come forward to claim her, the staff at the MSPCA named her Charlie; Bessler believes it is for the Charlie card, since an MBTA worker found her.

Charlie will be put up for adoption after she recovers. The MSPCA is also accepting donations to help pay for Charlie’s medical bills, which already total more than $6,000. To donate towards Charlie’s medical bills, click here. People interested in adopting Charlie are encouraged to contact

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