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Friday, July 3, 2009

"Roxy", Border Collie/Australian Shepherd mix, Stockton - Found

Roxy was a black and white two year old Border Collie/Australian Shepherd mix. When she went missing she was wearing a red nylon collar with tags. She wasn't microchipped or tattooed. The last time she was seen was around 2 PM in the yard of the business where her person worked. Sometimes she would come to work and hang out in the yard.

When we got to the shop, it was almost 95 degrees with no breeze. The area was totally agricultural with train tracks on one side outside the yard and a small creek that borders the other side of the yard. Beyond that is agricultural fields for miles in every direction. Per Roxy's person the train tracks carried cargo trains that ran 25 to 30 routes per day, 24 hours a day.

We started the search by going off the right since Roxy's ride home in the back of an open truck led off to the left. I wanted to see if her scent was over in the other area. We were walking along the tracks that borders the business for about 15 minutes. Dino started to pull up onto the tracks, which were elevated about 10 feet above our eye level. Once I saw it was clear of an train, we went up onto the tracks to see what Dino was interested in. It was there that we saw Roxy's body. She had been hit by a train probably soon after she left the yard. Roxy's person confirmed that was her body. She still had on the red nylon collar.

I said that we needed to pull her body off the tracks as soon as possible, but he said he was not able to do it. I said I would do it. We needed to pull his truck alongside the tracks and put her into a box and put her into the back of the truck.

We walked back to the yard, I put Dino and Dot into the van, moved the van into a large shaded area under an over pass and turned on the A/C full blast. We took his truck around onto an agricultural field and eventually found the road that led through the fields, over the tracks, over a creek and around to the other side of the tracks. He had brought a large box and we put Roxy's bed into the box. I pulled her body from the tracks and put into the large box. He taped up the box and put it into the back of his truck. We drove back to my van.
(entered into lost pet questionnaire 4/7/11)