A Siberian husky, frozen to the train tracks, was rescued by the Chippewa Falls police department around the time a train was expected through. Now, the lucky dog can also look forward to a new home. Shelter manager Vickie O'Branovich had a conversation with the former owners of "Ice Train" Wednesday morning.
The owners, a man, woman, and little girl, came forward day and told the shelter more about his history, that the husky is less than a year old and has had some obedience training, but they didn't claim the dog. During Wednesday's phone conversation, they gave the shelter permission to adopt the dog to someone else.
The 53 written applications to adopt "Ice Train" were carefully reviewed and the new owner, who wishes their identity to remain private, had to meet a laundry list of criteria.
"The new adopter does have experience with Siberian huskies, owns the two other Siberian huskies, and so therefore is very familiar with the maintenance and husbandry of a northern breed," says O'Branovich. "Hopefully this type of thing won't happen again."
The shelter is extending a thank-you to the hundreds of people who expressed interest in the "Ice train" story.
People visiting the shelter have adopted out other animals, including a family that had thought their dog was lost a year ago, but last week, found him at the shelter.