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Meet 'Waltz,' the Pooch Who Briefly Stalled 6 Train Service Tuesday Morning

 Waltz was found abandoned on a Manhattan-bound 6 train, officials said.
Waltz was found abandoned on a Manhattan-bound 6 train, officials said.
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Animal Care Centers of New York City

THE BRONX — Maybe he had a bone to pick with the train delays.

A poodle named "Waltz" briefly delayed 6 trains Tuesday morning after he was spotted riding the rails alone, officials said.

The unattended poodle mix was found on a Manhattan-bound 6 train at the Third Avenue-138th Street station in The Bronx around 8 a.m. Monday, prompting the MTA to take the train out of service and return it and the dog to the agency's Westchester Yard in Westchester Square, an MTA spokesman said.

Trains were delayed for about 10 minutes as a result, an MTA spokesman said.

MTA officials notified the NYPD, which handed Waltz over to the Animal Care Centers of New York City, police said.

"He's friendly with strangers," an ACC spokeswoman said.

Waltz didn't have a collar with ID on him so ACC staff had to give him a new moniker. Each day they use a theme to come up with names for all the strays that come in and Tuesday's theme was "dances," an ACC spokeswoman said.

The canine appeared to have been abandoned, but didn't seem malnourished or otherwise unhealthy, an NYPD spokesman said. 

Officials didn't know how long Waltz was traveling on the subway.

ACC staff will try to find Waltz's owners for the next 72 hours, but if they can't, he will be put up for adoption, an agency spokeswoman said.

Last year, ACC took in more than 18,000 strays, agency officials said.