"She's been curled up on my lap since we got her home yesterday," Amtrak Police Officer Kevin McMullen said. "I have three other dogs, and they're all big. Right now, I've just got a tiny little section of the couch to myself."
The Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter received hundreds of inquiries from around the world from people interested in adopting Molly after the stray darted into an Amtrak tunnel and the path of an approaching train on Jan. 20.
But Bailey Deacon, communications director for the shelter, said that McMullen and his girlfriend, Claire Giambi, who live in Riverside, immediately went to the top of the list. After all, it was McMullen who climbed down into the tunnel and cradled the frightened and bloody dog in his arms. Though Molly had just lost her left hind leg to the hip, she responded by trying to lick McMullen's face.
Not only did the 32-pound dog survive being run over by a train, she healed remarkably quickly.
In a way, Molly was lucky, Deacon said. Though the dog has a huge scar, she avoided damaging her internal organs. Nor was her ability to eliminate waste — which can quickly become a life-threatening situation — compromised.
Molly was up on her three remaining legs within a day or two of surgery. Her foster mother and the staff at BARCS did all they could to keep the pup from being too active.
Earlier this month, McMullen and Giambi brought their other three dogs — a German shepherd, an English Labrador retriever and a 70-pound pit bull mix — to meet Molly. The four dogs sniffed one another politely for a few minutes, and then had a glorious romp in the muddy yard. It was clear that they could become fast friends, leaving McMullen and Giambi free to adopt Molly.
"All of us are so glad it worked out like this," Bailey said. "It's the perfect ending to the story."