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Pit Bull Run Over By Train Reunites With The Man Who Saved Her

This pit bull managed to defy all odds on the night she was brutally run over by a train. They call her Miracle Molly.

On January 20, in Baltimore, Maryland, Molly - a stray with a collar that had only her name but no other leads - wandered into a tunnel just as a fast-moving Amtrak train approached. The train was unable to stop in time.

According to a Facebook post by the Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter (BARCS), after an alert was put out to stop all other trains from approaching, rescuers expected to find a dead body. Amazingly enough, they were greeted with life. However, the 1-year-old pit bull had lost an entire leg in the aftermath and her body was covered in deep cuts. Her major arteries were exposed and she lost a lot of blood.

"It took nearly three hours from the train hitting her to animal control arriving, to them bringing her to BARCS for processing to us sending her immediately to an emergency clinic," Bailey Deacon, director of communications at BARCS, told The Dodo. "But she never lost consciousness, which is why she's a miracle. All details of the story point to her not making it, but she did."

Molly wouldn't be alive today if it weren't for the swift action taken by Amtrak officer Kevin McMullen, who picked up her battered body from the train tracks. "He told us that - even in her moment of horror, as Molly was rapidly losing blood - she was trying to give him kisses as he lifted her," BARCS noted in a Facebook post two days after the incident.

McMullen, who dutifully visited Molly while she healed, was reunited once again with her on January 30. Molly was more than happy to see her rescuer and showered him with grateful affection.

"She is a kissing machine," Deacon said. "Although in foster care, Molly has been down to the shelter many times to see our staff veterinarians. She loves everyone ... the other day a camera crew member wasn't interested in petting her so she followed him around turning her head side to side like, 'You do see me down here right? Aren't you gonna pet me?' She also likes other dogs, loves to be held like a baby and trusts every single stranger."

It's been about two and half weeks since Molly's accident and she is thriving. Even better, McMullen is first in line to adopt Miracle Molly if all goes well when she meets McMullen's other dogs.

"We've had tons of people tell us that [Molly] is 'changing their minds about pit bulls,'" Deacon said.

"Sometimes when you're not sure if you believe in fate, something like this happens, and you think, 'Huh. Perhaps the reason she made it - after being run over by a train - is so that the world could fall in love with a tiny, white 'tri-pawed,' despite her breed.'"

Learn how you can support BARCS here. Interested in giving a rescue like Miracle Molly a forever home? Get started at Adopt-a-Pet.com.