An adorable pooch who scrambled free of its owners on a Midtown subway platform and spent the night in the city subway tunnels still hasn’t been found, officials said Friday.
Marley, the blond-haired, brown-eyed, 8-month-old cocker spaniel who captured the hearts of countless New Yorkers, went missing Thursday, according to the MTA and NYPD.
The dog and its owner, Paula Boodoosingh, were waiting at the 34th St. station of the N, Q, R and W lines around 6 p.m. when Marley jumped away from Boodoosingh and took off north on the N/Q tracks.
That’s the last time anyone has seen the cute canine, whose disappearance caused a few delays in train service but not a lengthy shutdown.
NYPD Transit Bureau Inspector Raymond Porteus said the search was still on, with workers checking all the nooks and crannies of the underground labyrinth.
“It’s surprising. We usually find these dogs. It’s a small 8-month-old puppy. I was hoping we would have good news to report, but as of right now we haven’t found her,” said Porteus. “The dog could be secreted (in one of the crannies) because of the noise and she’s scared. She could be bogged down because of that so if she does surface, it will probably be later on the overnight and hopefully someone will see it. We’ll get a call on it and pick the dog up and give it to its rightful owner.”
MTA spokesman Shams Tarek said Friday that trains were held for several minutes when Marley first bolted.
“Safety is our top priority, we must balance that with delivering the best service possible to our customers, and each individual case is different," he said. “This incident occurred at the peak of the (afternoon) rush in the middle of the central business district where tens of thousands of commuters were traveling. Trains were held for several minutes before proceeding at slower speeds while police and transit workers looked for the dog,” he said.
The MTA famously shut down train service in 2013 when two kittens, Arthur and August, got lost along the B/Q line tracks near Church Ave. in Brooklyn. It happened to be a year of campaigning to be mayor — and one candidate, GOP contender Joe Lhota, notoriously said he wouldn’t have halted service, leaving the felines to face almost certain death.
The kinder, gentler MTA of 2013 did not concur with Lhota and shut down the tracks to search for the kitties.