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    Pit Bull rescues owner from train’s path

    Posted: May 09, 2012 1:26 AM Updated: May 09, 2012 8:25 AM


    SHIRLEY (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) – An 8-year-old pit bull named Lilly is being hailed a hero after frantically pulling her unconscious owner from train tracks moments before a freight train barreled through.

    The engineer who stopped the train and called first responders saw the dog named Lilly pulling her owner, Christine Spain, away from the tracks around midnight on May 4 in Shirley. The engineer attempted to stop, but couldn't avoid hitting Lilly.

    Spain was not injured, but Lilly suffered a complete "de-gloving" of her right foot: all of the muscle and skin were gone. Her pelvis was fractured in multiple locations and she suffered other internal injuries. But even as first police and firefighters arrived at the scene, Lilly stayed by her owner's side.

    Lilly was taken to an emergency animal hospital in Acton, where Boston Police Officer David Lanteigne, who'd rescued Lilly three years prior as a therapy dog for his mother who has suffered from alcoholism for nearly her entire life, picked her up and then brought her to Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, where emergency veterinarians examined Lilly.

    Lilly's right front leg could not be saved and had to be amputated, and because of her age, doctors decided not to operate on her pelvis until she had time to recover from the amputation.

    She had the second surgery Sunday and is now recovering in Angell's Emergency and Critical Care unit in a kennel adorned with pictures, notes and get-well cards brought by her family, friends and neighbors.

    Lilly's medical care will likely run into the thousands of dollars. A fund has been set up to help offset her care. You can donate to the fund by visiting Convio: Site Not Found.

    From: Pit Bull rescues owner from train’s path - Boston News, Weather, Sports | FOX 25 | MyFoxBoston - has a video on the story also.

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    What a lovely dog!!

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    Great story!

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    The pain that poor Lilly would have been going through - to still stay beside her owner ! Unbelievable !

    Beautiful dog ! Here is hoping that she will get well enough to and can continue doing what she obviously wants to do - that is looking after and being with her owner.

    Are they not known as the 'nanny dogs' ?

    Stories like these make BSL sound more like 'Bull Sh**e Legislation' !

    Thank you Beloz for this story.

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    Wow what a dog

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    Amazing! Gave me shivers

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    Thanks for sharing, what a lovely story. It's true, they have no fear and they're not scared of pain and how lucky this woman was that that's the case.

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    I must say I do feel quite sad for this dog being put into this situation, presumably because his owner is a chronic alcoholic. One can only hope that it gave her a big enough reason to try change her life so she can look after her dog instead of the other way round.

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