• France's news in English
 
app_header_v3
Paris: 'Miracle' Metro dog returned to grateful owner
Jo, the Paris Metro "miracle" dog. Photo: Twitter/Alerte Animaux

Paris: 'Miracle' Metro dog returned to grateful owner

The Local · 22 Feb 2016, 08:22

Published: 22 Feb 2016 08:22 GMT+01:00

Jo, a 15-month Staffordshire Bull Terrier ran away as he was being walked near Bercy Village in the 12th arrondissement of the east of the city.

Caroline, his owner, immediately feared the dog had been stolen, as often happens with that breed of dog.

Within minutes of the dog disappearing she launched appeals on social media sites and specialist “pet alert” websites.

She and her husband then trawled Bercy Village desperately hoping to track down their pet.

But Jo was long gone. In fact he was in Châtelet in central Paris, Le Parisien newspaper reports.

Luckily he hadn’t been taken by any dog thief, but instead by Line 14 of the Paris Metro.

Jo had apparently got on the Metro at the stop Cour Saint-Emilion after apparently after having simply walked through the barriers and descending the steps of the platform. Although there is a suggestion he may have actually taken the lift.

The fact the dog was able to get through the barriers without a ticket will not surprise frequent users of the Paris transport system.

For some reason Jo then got off the Metro at Châtelet, one of the main transport hubs in the centre.

And like many of us have done in the past, he then seemed to get lost in the underground network of tunnels 

The dog emerged on the platforms of RER train network which links central Paris to the outlying suburbs.

Luckily for Jo, before he could board a train that would have taken him far from home, a passer-by took pity on the mutt and took him back up to the surface.

She then handed him over to police.

But Jo wasn’t wearing a collar so officers were not able to contact his owners.

Story continues below…

Normally he would have been taken to a pound for stray dogs but a police officer also felt sorry for Jo and took him home in the hope of finding the owners.

A colleague then spotted the online appeals and the following day, less than 24 hours after Jo had ran away, he was returned into the grateful arms of Caroline.

"It's a miracle," the dog's owner said.

“The policeman’s two children were disappointed when I had to take him away. If he has any puppies they will be for them,” she told Le Parisien.

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Nuit Blanche: Get set for an all-night party in Paris
Photo: La Nuit Blanche

Will YOU be heading down to the Seine on Saturday?

France told there's no more money for TGVs
High speed TGV trains parked in Lille. Photo: AFP

A report from the French senate has recommended that three planned high speed rail networks be scrapped.

Frenchman surfs again after shark bites off his leg
All photos: AFP

Meet the amputee Frenchman who is surfing again he was attacked by a shark.

Paris motorists to fund city's public transport system
Photo: AFP

Motorists in the Ile-de-France region will be hit by a tax rise in order to finance the city's trains and buses.

More French women becoming mothers after 40
French mums are getting older. File photo: Pexels

French mums are getting older, but the overall birthrate has fallen.

Paris police bust high-rolling gang of pram thieves
Photo: Joe Shlabotnik/Flickr

A gang of thieves has been caught after they pinched an estimated €100,000 worth of prams.

French banned from 'Mona Lisa smile' on photo IDs
You can forget a smile like this on your passport photo.

The French are going to have to remain grumpy-looking, at least on their passport photos.

French fighter jets 'take off on mission against Isis'
A rafale fighter jet takes off from the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle. Photo: AFP

French fighter jets have reportedly taken off for an operation in Mosul, Iraq.

It's official: France finally gets its new map
Photo: AFP

So, how well do you know the new map?

Sexism at the wheel: France wants more women drivers
Photo: State Farm/Flickr

Because the men are causing all the accidents.

Sponsored Article
Why Jordan is the ‘Different’ East
Education
The troubles with French universities laid bare
Culture
The crazy French writing phrases you can't get your head around
Features
Room for improvement: Paris's matchbox apartments
'Stop telling immigrants to be French and help it happen'
Society
Take the test: How far have you assimilated into French culture?
Lifestyle
Eleven things you should know before moving to Paris
National
France's Marion Cotillard rebuffs rumours of fling with Brad Pitt
National
Eight arrested over links to Nice truck attacker
Features
Why everyone should party in a French chateau at least once
Travel
The Frenchman who hated 'Nazi-Zealand' after four-day hitch-hike fail
Culture
What's on: Ten exciting events across France in September
The 45-million year old underground shells that flavour Champagne
Features
French job speak: All the terms you need to know
'Resilient' Paris now a more appealing city than New York
National
France says it's OK to warn drivers about speed cameras
Meet Honorine, 113, the oldest person in France
Education
Grenoble named France's best city to be a student
Society
New Metro map reveals cheapest pints of beer in Paris
Business & Money
How reliant is the French economy on Paris?
Society
Here's why Parisians want to move to Bordeaux
And the 'best place to spend a weekend in Europe' is… Lyon
Analysis & Opinion
'Muslims in France must be considered ordinary citizens'
Armed guards to ride French trains from October
2,728
jobs available