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South Shore delayed when man tries to board with dog

Updated: June 10, 2014 6:35AM



GARY — Early commuters’ travel got dog-ugly Wednesday morning when a homeless man tried to bring his unleashed pit bull mix dog on the No. 104 westbound South Shore train.

Larry D. Jones, 52, had already been approached by Gary police officers to leave the city’s Main Post Office branch on Martin Luther King Drive when he had made his way to the Gary Metro Station, Northern Indiana Commuter Transit Police Chief Robert Byrd said Wednesday.

Jones and his dog made their way to the platform, where officers removed him because the dog was neither small and caged nor a leashed service dog.

An alert from NICTD said the train was running 20 to 30 minutes late due to the incident.

Jones later re-entered the station through its Broadway entrance and tried to get on another train but was not allowed on.

The Gary officer at the Metro Station called Animal Control. Once Jones and the dog were removed from the platform, Animal Control issued him two citations for having the dog without a leash and no vaccines, but not without giving him a leash for the dog, Byrd said.

Jones is expected in court in June for the citations.



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