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Dog Killed After Being Taken for Walk on LIRR Tracks, MTA Says

By Aidan Gardiner | August 30, 2013 12:30pm
 A dog was killed Friday after being hit by an LIRR train.
A dog was killed Friday after being hit by an LIRR train.
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QUEENS — A dog being taken for a walk by its owner was killed Friday morning when an LIRR train mowed it down just east of the Woodside station, the MTA said.

The dog, which was off-leash, was killed instantly by the Penn Station-bound train out of Great Neck along the Port Washington line about 10 a.m., an MTA spokeswoman said. The owner's hand was also grazed by the train and he was later treated for minor injuries, she added.

The owner, whose name was not released, was issued a summons for trespassing, officials said. MTA police were investigating the incident.

The incident triggered delays along the Port Washington line, but regular service resumed about noon.

The dog's death came a day after two kittens were rescued after wandering onto the elevated tracks of the Church Avenue station in Ditmas Park.

The kittens were unharmed and were taken in by Animal Care and Control. They will be held for three days before being put up for adoption in case the owners come forward, reports said.