On Friday 7th May, a sweet rescue emotional support dog by the name of Lucy escaped from her home in lower Manhattan. She had been running around a new York substation for over 10 hours before being found safely with the help of the local regular commuters.
Lucy is a rescue dog, saved from Puerto Rico. She had been with her new loving family for around 7 years at the time of her disappearance. Her new owner, Susan Malone, a 76-year-old Manhattan citizen, had recently broken both her leg and her arm and had been hospitalized for the week prior to Lucy’s escape.
Whilst Susan was in the hospital recovering, her daughter Molly Malone and a friend had been taking care of Lucy in Susan’s absence. Lucy made her daring escape for the lower Manhattan apartment building whilst in their care at around 11 pm on Friday.
Lucy had managed to get into the building elevator on her own, crossed the highway without getting hurt, and enter the Chamber Street subway stop. Whilst in the subway she had been spotted several times over the following 10 hours, leading to her rescue.
Shortly after her initial disappearance, the Citizen App received several reports of a dog that had been roaming on the 1 train, seemingly without an owner. She had been spotted on this train between the Chamber Street and Franklin Street stations. She later got loose in the subway tunnels, putting herself in tremendous danger.
Whilst loose on the tracks, Lucy was able to make her way all the way to the 14th Street subway station. Whilst at 14th Street station she was seen resting on the tracks underneath the 2 train.
In order to search for her the power was temporarily shut off so as not to put Lucy or any of the rescuers in unnecessary danger. Police searched the area where she had been reported thoroughly but were unable to locate her. After the failed search the 1, 2, and 3 trains were all cleared to resume at lower speeds.
After multiple people had been searching tirelessly for Lucy, hoping to find her safely, she was finally recovered by an MTA Train Service Supervisor, Jose Bonilla. Bonilla had located Lucy at the 34th Street-Penn Station subway stop, and was able to rescue her safely and bring her home.
Bonilla explained how he had spent most of the day speaking with Molly Malone they felt especially sympathetic to the situation. Especially knowing how Molly’s mother was currently in the hospital recovering from several broken limbs, and how Molly had been so worried about telling her mother that Lucy had escaped.
Bonilla had described the outcome of the search as “heartwarming”, to see Molly leave with Lucy safe and sound, knowing she would get to tell her Susan, Lucy’s mother, that she was okay.
Lucy had gotten herself quite dirty during her adventures and was in dire need of a bath. She had also managed to damage one of her claws but was otherwise in perfect health if not a little bit shook by her experience. Susan is due to be reunited with Lucy following her stint in hospital on Monday 10th May.