Pit Bull Saves Owner From Certain Death on Train TracksPublished May 9, 2012
Video by KSDK
According to a report by KSDK, a woman was rescued from certain death after falling unconscious on a set of railroad tracks thanks to her pit bull, who sacrificed her body to save her owner. With a freight train bearing down on her owner, the pit bull, an eight-year-old named Lilly, either tried to push or pull her out of the train's path. With time running out, the dog then moved between the train and her owner to spare her owner the brunt of the train hit. She wound up bearing the entirety of the hit from the oncoming train, and suffered severe trauma, including a sliced foot and a fractured pelvis along with other injuries.
Lilly's story is a touching one. A pit bull rescued from an animal shelter, Lilly was chosen by Boston police officer David Lanteigne to serve as his mother's companion dog. Lanteigne's mother, Christine Spain, is a recovering alcoholic. Lanteigne thought the constant companionship of Lilly would be good for his mother.
Lilly the pit bull paid Lanteigne's good deed forward. After having her life saved through her rescue from the shelter, she saved Lanteigne's mother's life with her act of heroism, sacrificing her body to save Spain's life.
We ask again: are pit bulls inherently dangerous? Lilly's story might make Maryland lawmakers rethink their stance on the matter.
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Editor's Note: MSPCA and it's Pet Care Assistance program are providing Lilly's family with financial aid for her extensive treatments, including an amputated leg and a fractured pelvis. If you would like to support Pet Care Assistance, please visit the donation page.