Family outraged after their dog was hit by a train and buried in a shallow grave by rail workers in Sydney
A family is heartbroken to learn that their beloved dog was hit by a train and then dumped in a shallow grave next to the tracks.
Six-year-old rescue dog Tammy was tragically hit by a train at Sydenham station in Sydney’s inner west after escaping her Newtown home shortly after being adopted on September 23.
However, after the microchipped dog died, Tammy’s owners were not contacted and spent the following weeks searching for the dog.
They had no idea that Sydney Trains workers had simply dug a shallow grave and buried her.
Anne-Marie Curry of Arthur & Co. Pet Detectives, who located her temporary resting place, described Tammy’s case as “tougher than others”.
A family is heartbroken to learn that their beloved dog was hit by a train and then dumped in a shallow grave next to the tracks
Ms Curry took to the Pet Detectives Facebook page to let locals know about the missing dog as potential sightings flooded the page.
A local wrote that he saw a deceased dog resembling Tammy near Sydenham train station on September 26th.
While investigating the tip, Ms. Curry received confirmation that a dog like Tammy described had been killed near the train station, but was prevented from doing so by several staff “roadblocks.”
However, Tammy’s body was able to be exhumed and placed in a box for collection after Ms Curry contacted a senior Sydney Trains official.
“The team at Southern Cross Veterinary Clinic collected the box immediately [Tammy’s] Bodies in our name,” she said Yahoo.
After the veterinary team found the dog’s ID chips, they were able to confirm that Tammy was the dog killed.
“We hope you can now rest in eternal peace,” reads a post on the Arthur & Co. Pet Detectives page.
Six-year-old rescue dog Tammy was tragically hit by a train at Sydenham station in Sydney’s inner west after escaping her Newtown home shortly after being adopted on September 23
Numerous Facebook users were devastated to hear of Tammy’s death, with many thanking Ms Curry and the Arthur & Co. Pet Detectives for their hard work.
“A sad and tragic outcome but a great job by you in giving the family this closure and holding Sydney Trains accountable,” one user wrote.
“Please contact Sydney Trains to ensure they are never buried and always scan first,” wrote a second.
“While I applaud them in some ways for taking the time and thoughtfully resting, a change is necessary for concerned parents with fur babies.”
Sydney Trains managing director Matt Longland expressed his condolences to Tammy’s family in a statement to Daily Mail Australia, saying: “(Sydney Trains) are saddened to hear the news about Tammy.”
Sydney Trains staff helped return Tammy to her owner, providing closure for the family and community.
“We recognize this is a sensitive issue and we will continue to work with the council, vets and the RSPCA to improve our methods for dealing with deceased pets found with identification in the rail corridor.”