At first glance, Glenn and Jennifer Buehring thought the white object falling from the sky above McAlpine Street about 9 a.m. was a bag of trash. A litterbug, they initially scoffed.

But when Mrs. Buehring turned her head to get a better look through the drivers’ side window of her Toyota Echo, she knew this wasn’t a wayward Hefty bag.

“It was a dog,” she said. “I opened the car door and we could hear it whimpering. Amazingly, it was still alive.”

The Buehrings, of Wilkes-Barre, believe the poodle-mix fell through a hole in the railroad trestle above the 200 block of McAlpine, next to Kiesinger Funeral Home. It fell 14 feet, 3 inches onto the westbound lane.

Mrs. Buehring scooped up the pooch and took it to the Animal Emergency Clinic of Wyoming Valley in Pittston Township.

Astonishingly, the dog suffered only minor injuries in the fall, Dr. Jeremy Wentz said. It was in stable condition at the clinic Friday evening.

The Luzerne County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is investigating the incident. Director Vince Sweeney said the dog may have been pushed or thrown off the trestle.

Dr. Wentz refused to provide further information about the dog, citing the owner’s request for confidentiality.

“The dog is fine,” he said.

Mr. Buehring said he worries about kids possibly falling through a hole in the trestle.

“Suppose a kid was messing around and fell through,” he said. “Who would be to blame?”

Upon hearing of the incident, the Luzerne County Redevelopment Authority, which owns the railroad, sent a maintenance crew to patch the holes.

“This was a tough winter,” authority director Allen Bellas said. “If a board rotted or fell out, I’m sure they’ll get out and fix it.”

Even though there are posted “no trespassing” signs, Mr. Bellas admitted it’s hard to keep people from walking on the railroad.

“It’s like farmers’ fields,” he said. “How do you keep them out?”