Runaway pooch closes U-Bahn line

A runaway dog closed down part of Vienna’s U4 metro line for 80 minutes on Wednesday evening.

Runaway pooch closes U-Bahn line
The pup fancied exploring the U4. Photo: Youtube

The female pooch escaped from a fenced-off dog park in Penzing and raced into Hietzing U-Bahn station shortly before 8pm.

She jumped onto the train tracks and ran off down the underground tunnel, pursued by her 38-year-old owner, several passers-by, as well as Wiener Linien employees.

The police were called and the U4 line had to be closed between Hietzing and Margaretengürtel. The power was shut off between these stations to avoid harming the fugitive hound and her pursuers.

Police spokesman Christoph Pölzl said capturing the dog proved tricky “as she was extremely agile”.

She led them on a merry chase of several kilometres, finally resurfacing at Meidling Hauptstrasse station where she was captured and returned to her owner.