A lost dog in Manhattan ran from the Upper West Side, through the Midtown Tunnel, and all the way to Long Island City before she was found hiding out in a warehouse with a pack of feral cats a week later — and astonishingly brought back home in one piece.
“It’s a miracle,” Heather Angus, a nurse anesthetist who lives on the Upper West Side, told The Post of her mutt Indie.
The rescue pup, who was saved from the mean streets of Kolkata, India three months ago, had been living the good life with Angus until last Tuesday evening when she broke away from a dog sitter near Amsterdam Avenue and West 78th Street and bolted.
“It’s the worst nightmare of any dog owner,” said Angus, who works at Mount Sinai Hospital and took care of the “sickest of the sickest” all throughout the pandemic.
Luckily for her, Indie was catching eyes all over Manhattan as she galloped across town. Before Angus was even told Indie was missing, she had cropped up on Nextdoor, a social media site for neighbors, as a slew of residents caught glimpses of her as she made her way south.
First she was spotted running down Amsterdam and then into Riverside Park before making appearances on Broadway and West End Avenue near West 62nd Street, Angus said.
Neighbors reported seeing a dog “running at speeds never before seen” as the spooked pup dodged between cars and evaded pedestrians that tried to stop her.
Just over an hour after the former street dog went missing, she made her most crucial appearance when she was caught on surveillance video dashing through the Midtown Tunnel.
Workers from the MTA spotted her and stopped traffic inside the tunnel — at the Manhattan-bound entrance on the Queens side — so they could try to catch her, or at least stop any cars from hitting her.
“Officers blocked traffic to save the dog from potential injury,” MTA spokesperson Renee Price told The Post.
“They saved her life.”
The surveillance video of Indie’s wild run shows her trotting between cars at the height of rush hour, outrunning an MTA officer and escaping from the mouth of the tunnel and onto the Long Island Expressway before vanishing again.
Indie’s car-stopping appearance nearly got her killed but it was the clue that eventually led to her recapture, Angus said.
“I started to feel hopeless but I received a call that night from a Bridge and Tunnels officer who said she tried to stop a dog with an appearance similar to Indie while she was bolting through the Queens Midtown Tunnel,” Angus said.
“I couldn’t piece [together] how she went from 62nd and West End all the way to the Queens Midtown Tunnel until I received a tip about a dog running down 36th and Fifth. It was amazingly unbelievable but the timelines were matching up.”
That night, Angus checked a Facebook page for lost pets in Queens and sure enough, Indie had been spotted running through Hunters Point near 30th Street in Long Island City.
She flooded the neighborhood with flyers and on Tuesday, a warehouse worker called the rescue group helping Angus and said they had her.
“It’s like finding a needle in a haystack,” said Michael Ripinsky from the rescue group Zani’s Furry Friends who picked Indie up from the warehouse.
“I thought the dog was in Central Park, I was thinking there’s no way that dog went from West End Avenue and got to the Midtown Tunnel, I cant find the Midtown Tunnel!
“Somehow she ran through the Midtown Tunnel without getting hit by a car during rush hour traffic and found a warehouse to run into. That’s incredible.”
Indie spent about a week inside of the 30th Place warehouse and luckily for her, it was already inhabited by a family of cats — and their food and water — which is how Ripinsky and Angus thinks Indie survived.
When she was found, Indie was covered in black tar, scrapes and was dehydrated and one pound thinner but other than that, she’s “doing well” and happy to be back home, Angus said.
“She came home and ran circles around the apartment and found her favorite tennis balls,” the relieved mom said in a text message.
“This story is a miracle but it was only possible because of all the angels involved… I’ve lived in the city for 11 years and it never ceases to amaze me.”
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