June 18, 2021 | 8: 47am | Updated June 18, 2021 | 9: 55am
A misplaced canine in Manhattan ran from the Upper West Side, via the Midtown Tunnel, and all the way in which to Long Island City earlier than she was discovered hiding out in a warehouse with a pack of feral cats every week later — and astonishingly introduced again house in a single piece.
“It’s a miracle,” Heather Angus, a nurse anesthetist who lives on the Upper West Side, advised The Post of her mutt Indie.
The rescue pup, who was saved from the imply streets of Kolkata, India three months in the past, had been dwelling the nice life with Angus till final Tuesday night when she broke away from a canine sitter close to Amsterdam Avenue and West 78th Street and bolted.
“It’s the worst nightmare of any dog owner,” mentioned Angus, who works at Mount Sinai Hospital and took care of the “sickest of the sickest” all all through the pandemic.
Luckily for her, Indie was catching eyes throughout Manhattan as she galloped throughout city. Before Angus was even advised Indie was lacking, she had cropped up on Nextdoor, a social media web site for neighbors, as a slew of residents caught glimpses of her as she made her means south.
First she was noticed operating down Amsterdam after which into Riverside Park earlier than making appearances on Broadway and West End Avenue close to West 62nd Street, Angus mentioned.
Neighbors reported seeing a canine “running at speeds never before seen” because the spooked pup dodged between vehicles and evaded pedestrians that attempted to cease her.
Just over an hour after the previous avenue canine went lacking, she made her most important look when she was caught on surveillance video dashing via the Midtown Tunnel.
Workers from the MTA noticed her and stopped visitors contained in the tunnel — on the Manhattan-bound entrance on the Queens facet — so they might attempt to catch her, or no less than cease any vehicles from hitting her.
“Officers blocked traffic to save the dog from potential injury,” MTA spokesperson Renee Price advised The Post.
“They saved her life.”
The surveillance video of Indie’s wild run exhibits her trotting between vehicles on the top of rush hour, outrunning an MTA officer and escaping from the mouth of the tunnel and onto the Long Island Expressway earlier than vanishing once more.
Indie’s car-stopping look almost bought her killed but it surely was the clue that finally led to her recapture, Angus mentioned.
“I started to feel hopeless but I received a call that night from a Bridge and Tunnels officer who said she tried to stop a dog with an appearance similar to Indie while she was bolting through the Queens Midtown Tunnel,” Angus mentioned.
“I couldn’t piece [together] how she went from 62nd and West End all the way to the Queens Midtown Tunnel until I received a tip about a dog running down 36th and Fifth. It was amazingly unbelievable but the timelines were matching up.”
That evening, Angus checked a Facebook web page for misplaced pets in Queens and positive sufficient, Indie had been noticed operating via Hunters Point close to thirtieth Street in Long Island City.
She flooded the neighborhood with flyers and on Tuesday, a warehouse employee referred to as the rescue group serving to Angus and mentioned they’d her.
“It’s like finding a needle in a haystack,” mentioned Michael Ripinsky from the rescue group Zani’s Furry Friends who picked Indie up from the warehouse.
“I thought the dog was in Central Park, I was thinking there’s no way that dog went from West End Avenue and got to the Midtown Tunnel, I cant find the Midtown Tunnel!
“Somehow she ran through the Midtown Tunnel without getting hit by a car during rush hour traffic and found a warehouse to run into. That’s incredible.”
Indie spent a few week within the thirtieth Place warehouse and fortunately for her, it was already inhabited by a household of cats — and their meals and water — which is how Ripinsky and Angus thinks Indie survived.
When she was discovered, Indie was coated in black tar, scrapes and was dehydrated and one pound thinner however aside from that, she’s “doing well” and glad to be again house, Angus mentioned.
“She came home and ran circles around the apartment and found her favorite tennis balls,” the relieved mother mentioned in a textual content message.
“This story is a miracle but it was only possible because of all the angels involved… I’ve lived in the city for 11 years and it never ceases to amaze me.”