Nina Love knew there was no time to waste when she got a Facebook post about a grey and white pit bull thrown at a park near the train lines. She gathered her belongings and requested aid from a friend and fellow rescuer who lived nearby.
The large dog was easy to spot on the train tracks, but that didn’t make her easy to catch. “I followed her for 3 miles down the train tracks, my adrenaline was rushing,” Love told The Dodo. “I knew the train was coming soon because it passed right before she ran onto them, and trains run every 10 to 15 minutes.”
Though it became clear that Love was putting her life on the line, when she looked in the dog’s eyes, she knew she couldn’t give up.NINA LOVE
“I was shaking with fear, but I wanted to save her because I looked in her eyes, and she was crying out for help,” Love said. “She was just scared, so I kept my distance and was patient.
Teddy, Love’s friend’s dog, had come along with her, and the presence of another dog appeared to help the stray pittie feel more at ease.INSTAGRAM/THEBLACKTHORNBERRY
Love explained, “We went low, and my friend chatted to her as Teddy walked up.” “She was apprehensive at first, but my buddy kept her until I arrived and could leash her.”INSTAGRAM/THEBLACKTHORNBERRY
The group was still on the tracks as a train came barreling towards them. Luckily, they were able to move out of the way just in time. “Seconds after [we captured the dog], the train came, and our adrenaline was so high we didn’t even hear the horn,” Love said.
The relief that they were all safe was overwhelming, and Love couldn’t help but break down in tears. “It was extremely emotional,” Love said.INSTAGRAM/THEBLACKTHORNBERRY
Love works tirelessly to help stray dogs in Philadelphia, visiting local dumping grounds and responding to social media posts and calls from residents in the community. “I want to let people know that it’s OK to love animals,” Love said. “We all reside here on Earth and should learn to co-exist together.”
“As an African American, I’ve had numerous hurdles and have [received] racist threats because I’m in this business,” Love continued. “However, I will remain strong for them because they require our assistance.”
Love is still looking for a patient foster to help the sweet stray decompress after her ordeal. After everything the pup has been through, Love is helping her finally get the care she deserves.