A story from Shirley, Massachusetts: Lilly, a pit bull saved from the pound to be a companion to a woman suffering from alcoholism, pulled or pushed her unconscious owner from the path of a freight train that was frantically braking to avoid hitting the two. (Video of Lilly in recovery below.) The engineer of the train saw the dog trying to get the woman off the tracks, but couldn’t stop the train in time. The woman, thanks to the dog’s efforts, was uninjured. The dog suffered injuries to her foot and pelvis, and has had to have one of her front legs amputated.
When emergency workers arrived, Lilly the pit bull was covered in blood but still standing by her owner.
She is now recovering in Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston. The woman’s son, Boston police Officer David Lanteigne, had adopted the dog to be a friend to his mother three years ago, and now describes Lilly’s recovery as now being his “top priority.”
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