OAKLAND (BCN) — A small, black poodle held up BART trains in Oakland Thursday morning after it hopped off a train and onto the tracks, a BART spokesman said.

BART personnel received a report at about 7:30 a.m. of an unattended dog on a train headed to San Francisco.

When the train stopped at the Lake Merritt station, the dog got off the train and jumped onto the tracks before authorities could capture it, BART spokesman Jim Allison said.

The dog ran through a tunnel toward the West Oakland station, and all BART trains headed to that station stopped while authorities searched for the animal, Allison said.

The dog was not found, but BART officials believe it may have gotten off the tracks at the West Oakland station, he said.

Trains were delayed by up to 10 minutes during the search. Regular service resumed after authorities confirmed the dog was not on the tracks, and trains were back on schedule by about 8:30 a.m., Allison said.

BART officials want to remind customers that dogs other than service animals are not allowed on trains unless they are in carriers approved for transport.

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Comments (11)
  1. s says:

    Must be a really strong poodle to hold up a BART train. Those things must weight a hundred tons or so.

  2. amanda says:

    the poodle was late for her pilates class in SF

  3. papasmurf says:


  4. BG Al says:

    The poodle was later found to be at BART police HQ bruised and bloody from the pummeling it received for not “respecting their authoritay”

  5. ginaknits2 says:

    Maybe it was a “companion animal” to the white pigeon that hopped onto a Fremont-bound train during the morning commute a couple of weeks ago.

  6. Ga-Har says:

    Of all the photos to choose from…looks like CBS5 doesn’t drug test its employees.

  7. Daisy says:

    If no owners are found i will take it,,, it looks very cute..

  8. MR ED says: