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Warsaw. A small dog broke free from its collar and fell onto the subway tracks

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A few minutes of inconvenience for passengers and fear for the life of a small dog that broke free from its collar and fell onto the metro tracks at the Kondratowicza station. The incident ended happily, but Metro Warszawskie appeals to pet owners to transport their pets properly and responsibly.

– The whole incident lasted four minutes. At 7.50 we received a signal from the driver that a small dog had broken free from its collar and fallen into the track. We turned off the power, pulled the dog off the tracks in a few minutes and handed it over to its owner, said Anna Bartoń, spokeswoman for the Warsaw Metro, in an interview with tvnwarszawa.pl.

She added that the difficulties did not particularly affect passenger traffic or the length of time other passengers waited for trains.

Harness or collar?

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The dog was safe and sound, but the spokeswoman also asked the dog owners: – We appeal to our passengers to properly secure their animals. Harnesses rather than collars will be more appropriate in infrastructure such as the subway. Especially since this space is not obvious to animals and may cause some discomfort.

A few years ago, the New York subway introduced a ban on transporting dogs unless they fit into a bag or a special carrier. The condition is that pets must be transported in such a way that they do not disturb passengers. This resulted in restrictions on the transport of larger breeds of dogs. Since then, guardians of large dogs have been trying to circumvent the rules and pack animals, for example, into larger shopping bags, travel backpacks or sports bags. Photos of Labradors, pit bulls and Samoyeds in this type of “transporters” went viral on social media a few years ago.

Is the idea of ​​a bag taken into account in the capital? – It is appropriate to take proper care of animals and not to let them loose. Some dogs can break free from collars, so harnesses are more appropriate, safer and more comfortable for both the dog and the owner, Bartoń noted.

Main photo source: UM Warsaw

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