Lucy the emotional support dog was rescued safely after ten long hours stuck in the NYC subway system, PEOPLE reported.

Lucy, a rescue dog, is an emotional support dog for her owner. While being looked after by a relative, Lucy managed to escape and get into the Chambers Street subway stop! Her owner Susan’s daughter Molly was helping search for her.

“She definitely has some abuse in her life and is nervous about new people,” Molly told the New York Post, and said that Lucy is hard to catch, “She’s been through a lot of things, including the pandemic, when she was my mom’s only companion. She’s the sweetest little thing.”

Lucy was rescued at 34th Street subway station. Crew managers had shut off the power close to where Lucy had been first spotted. Lucy suffered from a broken nail during her adventure but was fine otherwise.

Police and volunteers put in hours searching and helping get Lucy home. “We rode the train home, and she sat right next to me like a gentlewoman. She’s tired, and she’s drinking a ton of water,” Molly said of Lucy post-rescue. “I’m so thankful for so many people who volunteered to help.” MTA train service supervisor Jose Bonilla rescued Lucy! The MTA gave Bonilla a certificate of commendation for helping rescue Lucy.

“We applaud Jose for his efforts and diligent work … efforts that resulted in him being bit and bruised a little bit, through a glove,” said Sarah Meyer, an MTA chief customer officer during the press conference.

Emotional support animals can help with a variety of mental illnesses and traumas. Not everyone with mental health issues needs one, of course, but they can be very helpful for people who suffer from overwhelming anxiety or PTSD.

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