While the barking sound from within the box seemed to put Muracchini more at ease, it had the opposite effect on the man.
"He looked around, frightened that he would be kicked off the bus for having an animal with him," Muracchini recounted. "When the ticket collector asked, 'Is that a dog there?,' he replied very softly: 'I found him abandoned. He's a puppy. I'm taking him home.'"
Moved, no doubt, by that reply, the bus official chose not to take action against the man.
"After realizing that nobody was going to ask him to get off the bus, he sat with the box in his lap and stayed there," Muracchini wrote.