SAN JOSE (KRON) — Santa Clara County sheriff’s deputies are asking for the public’s help in raising money to save the life of a homeless dog that was hit by a VTA light rail train while attempting to cross the tracks with its owner, according to VTA.
The dog suffered major injuries in the crash. Charlie the dog is doing better and is recovering after being hit by the train.
Charlie was with his owner Monday, who is homeless. The man was walking his bike across the tracks in San Jose on First Street and Skyport Drive when a VTA train could not stop in time.
The man was OK, diving for safety but Charlie was badly hurt. The owner did not have money to pay for treatment. And without medical attention, the dog would need to be euthanized.
Santa Clara Transit deputies started a GoFundMe page, asking for $5,000 to pay for treatment. More than $10,000 has been donated.
That extra money may be donated to help other homeless dogs.
And this twist is Charlie will be released to his original owner, who had to give him up previously but can now accommodate him.