Dog hit by light rail train gets new home, new chance at life

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AURORA, Colo. -- A dog hit by a light rail train in Aurora this summer has found her way into a new and happy home. And that’s not all that’s new.

The pharaoh-hound mix also has a new name.

The dog formerly known as Amtrak got her name after a train hit her. RTD employees tried chasing her away from the tracks at the Dayton Light Rail Station on July 3. But instead, she ran onto the tracks.

Her new Denver family says they wanted a name that relates to her future good destiny: karma.

"Karma seems to be good. Good karma. Good karma. She's due," says Karma’s new owner, Steve Hick.

She has a new name, new owners and a new routine—as she runs in the backyard, three months after running into the path of a train.

"She had a big hole in the back of her head... and her tail was broken," says Launa Hick.

The accident also left her blind in her left eye. And she lost a toe.

"Makes me feel really sad. And sometimes scared, when she jumps over the couch. I mean sometimes she jumps over the couch and it looks like she's going to bump her head on the pole," says Zach Hick, 9.

“I’ve seen her bump into little things. But it’s new furniture, new surroundings. Once she gets the lay of the law down, I don’t think it will bother her at all,” says Steve.

They’re also careful when taking her for walks, trying not to stand on the side that she can see, so they don’t block her vision.

"We've been looking for a couple years for a dog. I kept telling the kids, the dog will find us," says Launa.

And she did. The Hick family was reading about the injured animal in the newspaper during summer vacation.

“We were literally sitting on an Amtrak train coming home and I thought, 'What the heck.'" Says Steve.

They filled out an application. And on Tuesday, they got the good news—it’s a girl! She’s a new addition into a family that already loves her.

"That's what she needs more than anything. She's been three months in and out of foster homes, animal hospitals and has had a tough go. Anything we can do to make her life more normal is what we're trying to do," says Steve.

Helping the sometimes skittish, but very sweet dog move on from a scary past to a future full of good karma.

"She's got loads of personality and she's really well-behaved. So we're lucky. We're really lucky," says Steve.