A runaway dog unleashed havoc on the Brooklyn subway — until a kinder, gentler Joe Lhota came to her rescue.
Shelter adoptee Dakota, a bit worse for the wear after bolting onto the tracks at the Jay St. station Friday afternoon, was reunited with her equally skittish owner one heart-stopping hour later.
“I think she just got scared and ran,” said Caroline Francis, 27, after her injured dog was taken to the veterinarian.
“I’m worried. I guess I’m in a state of shock. They found her, and we’re hoping for the best.”
The 3-year-old, 11-pound poodle mix was rescued by a Metropolitan Transportation Authority train service supervisor after the agency shut down power to protect the rambling pooch.
Lhota, who was chairman of the MTA in 2012, famously declared as a mayoral candidate a year later that he would not close the subway to save a pair of frisky felines named Arthur and August.
Lhota lost the race, but returned as chairman of the MTA in 2017.
Francis, who was working at her Brooklyn home when Dakota fled from a dog walker, said the MTA’s response was “amazing” as the pooch wound her way through a mile of electrified track to the Bergen St. station.
“She escaped from a dog park and ran into the subway,” Francis said. “It’s not so close to the subway but she commutes with me so she knows it. She ran in there and jumped on the tracks.”
The frantic dog walker clued Francis into what happened, but the owner absolved her of any wrongdoing, saying: “She did everything she could.”
Dakota suffered a fractured jaw, likely during her leap to the tracks, along with respiratory arrest during her mile-long underground jaunt along the F train route.
The pooch disappeared into the underground Brooklyn labyrinth around 3 p.m., and only resurfaced an hour later in the Park Slope stop.
MTA Supervisor Sanya Hill found the pup.
“I had my flashlight out and I was looking and then I saw the dog,” Hill said. “I didn't want her to bite me, I didn't want to scare her any more than she was. She was already shaking and already curled up all the way to the back of the platform.”
Fellow Brooklynite Hill plucked the dog from beneath the F train platform to end the ordeal for pet and owner — and also for commuters.
“I just patted her to make sure she was calm — me and her, we had an understanding,” Hill explained. “After I calmed her down a little I just picked her up and took her to the platform.”
A cautiously optimistic Francis awaited a medical update on Dakota’s condition.
“She’s got terrible separation anxiety,” said Francis.
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With ELLEN MOYNIHAN
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