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Animal experts warn that escalators pose dangers to pets — they don’t understand what to do at end

After an incident early this week, the MSPCA-Angell Animal Medical Center is warning pet owners that escalators are a danger to pets, whom the experts say do not understand the concept of picking up their feet when they reach the end.

Early this week a 9-month-old black Pomeranian mix named Mace followed his owner’s niece up an escalator at the Forest Hills MBTA station. At the top of the escalator, Mace’s rear foot got stuck between the moving belt and the stationary metal combs, tearing off the skin and connective tissue and leaving his bones exposed.

Mace was taken to the Angell Animal Medical Center’s Emergency and Critical Care Unit, where veterinarians reported that his vital signs were normal.

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Veterinarians removed two of Mace’s toes and expect him to make a full recovery.

MSPCA reports that on average, about two or three dogs a year are seriously injured by escalators.

“This is a very serious issue; most of us don’t think twice when stepping onto an escalator but it’s crucial for all of us to understand that dogs have no sense of the danger awaiting them at the top,” said Dr. Ashley Davis in a statement.


Alli Knothe can be reached at aknothe@globe.com.