When her owner collapsed unconscious on the train tracks when a train was coming, Lilly didn’t run away like most dogs might.
Instead, she dragged her owner to safety, even though that meant she got hit by the train herself. Lilly suffered serious injuries; her pelvis is fractured, she lost skin and muscle completely off her left front foot, and her left rear foot was broken in several places.
The train engineer spotted Lilly dragging her owner and tried to stop in time, but it takes a long time to make a train come to a full stop. The engineer immediately called for paramedics, and Lilly – despite her incredibly severe injuries, now bleeding profusely – continued to stand guard over her owner.
An animal control officer immediately drove Lilly to a nearby emergency animal hospital, where her owner’s son, a police officer, recovered her and took her to the Angell Animal Medical Center.
Lilly has since had multiple surgeries, including the removal of one foot and the stabilizing of her pelvis and other foot with steel plates. Dr. Meg Whalen, a staff criticalist at Angell’s Emergency and Critical Care said about Lilly:
“As a 24/7 emergency care hospital, it’s fair to say that we have ‘seen it all’ with respect to companion animal emergencies. However, Lilly’s selfless bravery has captured the hearts of our entire staff. Her injuries are very serious and her road to recovery will be long. But she’s got the character and spirit that sometimes trumps all of our medical advances when it comes to recovery. I think she’s got what it takes to get back to her former self.”
Lilly was adopted originally to be a companion to her owner and help her in her quest to stop drinking. Her owner will move in with her son and his family, along with Lilly, to help Lilly recover.
If you’d like to contribue to Lilly’s medical expenses – which are extensive – you can do so here. And thanks to Lilly for showing that “pit bulls” can be great and heroic dogs! Here’s a video of the hero herself.