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SHIRLEY, Mass. — A pit bull named Lilly is being hailed a hero after she pulled her unconscious owner from the path of a freight train last weekend.An engineer of a westward-bound freight train saw a dog pulling a woman away from the tracks in the early hours of May 4 in Shirley. The engineer tried to stop, but couldn’t avoid hitting the 8-year-old dog.The woman, identified as Christine Spain, wasn’t hurt, but the train’s wheels sliced through Lilly’s right foot, fractured her pelvis in multiple locations and caused other internal injuries.When EMTs arrived at the scene, Lilly was covered in blood but still standing guard over her owner, who had collapsed next to the tracks while walking home from a friend’s house.The dog was initially taken to an emergency animal hospital in Acton, and she was then taken by Spain’s son, Boston police Officer David Lanteigne, to Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston.Lanteigne said he had adopted the dog for his mother three years before, and Lilly’s companionship helped curb her drinking.”Lilly’s recovery from this horrific ordeal is my top priority right now and I’ll do everything possible to get her back home to us,” he said.Lilly is undergoing extensive treatment at MSPCA-Angell. To make a donation to Lilly’s care and treatment, click here.
Pit Bulls used to be regarded as the “All-American Dog” in the 50’s and 60’s. Then, people abused their strength and their image suffered severely. But these dogs, among others, are loyal, loving creatures.
Just saw this article and thought it worked well with the other pet topics going on about having a dog around babies and the other topic about the dog that killed a baby…
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What an amazing pup! It’s funny, you hear far more stories like this one than the horrific freak accidents like the others.
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For every horror story there are 10 amazing stories going unnoticed. Negative news it what sells.
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That poor thing. What an amazing dog!
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This post made me smile (but also made me sad that Lilly got hurt). I hope Lilly recovers soon!
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The thing is…if this dog had injured someone the title would read “Pit Bull Harms Child…” but this dog has done a great thing and they don’t have the breed of the dog in the title! So sad!
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Any yet animals aren’t capable of love? Never convince me of that!
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@Miss Orchard: Ha! Good point!
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Yay! Much better stories! Thank you for sharing
The dog who killed that child was a Rhodesian Ridgeback who was the dog I had growing up. That dog died while saving my father’s life. They ran early every morning and one morning at 5am there was a drunk driver on the road who swerved out of control and came up on the sidewalk. The dog who was on the inside, came around my father and took or his legs and pushed him out of the way. She took the hit and was killed instantly. She was such a loving member of our family who was protective over all of us.
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That is an amazing dog! I love hearing positive stories.
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I love stories like this!
We had a pit bull in our care who looks like a brute, but is the sweetest dog ever. I reached down to get his food and he gave me a huge slimey lick all over my face. I had to go wash my face, but it made me smile.
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this is a great dog story, but I am still scared of Pits…I have seen first hand what they can do to other animals and I don’t want to imagine what they would do to a baby. I know they get a bad rap, but their rap is based on their natural instincts and true nature. some animals are not meant to be domesticated and I believe this is one of those breeds.
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any breed is capable of acting on animal instincts.
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@mija22: I’m going to politely disagree. In the vast majority of cases, bad demeanor in a dog is due to the owner, not the dog breed or dog itself. Some breeds have more natural tendencies toward aggression, like pitbulls, so certain owners that enjoy breeding dogs for fighting or making them “tough” specifically choose pitbulls. They then create mean pit bulls by treating them badly, dog fighting, etc, and this causes pit bulls to get a bad reputation because there are these bad ones out there….but usually because a person has trained them to be that way.