Virgin - pet rescue service
- By Jack Preston -
- Oct 12, 2012
It’s often said that Virgin employees have something in their DNA that sets them apart, a certain set of qualities. It seems that one of these qualities is the desire to safeguard animals in danger.
Earlier in the week Richard Branson revealed his ambitions to rescue pets as a child: “I’m no different to anyone else, we all dream. As a kid I‘d dream about climbing trees and rescuing cats.”
This confession was shortly followed by an act of pet rescue by another Virgin employee, as Virgin Trains driver Darren Hayden came to the aid of a dog stranded on the tracks.
Grandmother Linda Horne was this week alighting a train in Chester with her 10 year old golden Labrador Merlin when his paws slipped, seeing him fall under the train. Luckily passengers quickly alerted Hayden, who was about to pull away from the station.
“I shut down the train and went to help because I didn’t want the dog running on to another track and getting hurt or worse,” explained father of two Hayden to the Chester Chronicle.
“When I went under my train and saw the size of the dog I thought: ‘‘How am I going to lift him up?’ I’ve got a chocolate lab myself, who is also a big lump of thing!”
Thankfully the driver was able to summon the strength to take Merlin away from danger, much to the delight of his owner: “The train driver came down and reassured me that the train was going nowhere, I just want to say a big thank you to the driver and the passengers for all their help.”
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