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Pit Bull Struck by Freight Train While Pulling Owner Away from Tracks

Discussion in 'General Dog Discussions' started by destinoscelgo, May 9, 2012.

  1. destinoscelgo

    destinoscelgo Good Dog

    [h=2]Pit Bull Struck by Freight Train While Pulling Owner Away from Tracks[/h] May 8, 2012
    BOSTON, May 8, 2012 – Just after midnight on May 3 the engineer of a westward-bound freight train witnessed an extraordinary scene as he barreled toward a railway crossing in Shirley, Mass.—a dog was frantically pulling an unconscious woman away from the tracks. The engineer made every attempt to stop the train but was unable to avoid striking 8-year-old Pit Bull Lilly before she could clear herself from the train’s wheels.

    Lilly’s human companion was unharmed but the dog was not nearly as fortunate. The train’s wheels sliced through her right foot, fractured her pelvis in multiple locations and caused other internal injuries. Critically wounded, Lilly lay down next to her companion, who remained unconscious until help arrived.

    Lilly Stays Calm Throughout Calamitous Scene
    The train’s engineer later told first responders that he witnessed the dog pulling the woman—Christine Spain of Shirley—off the tracks as the train drew near. The engineer, who asked not to be identified, was convinced the train had struck both Christine and the dog, and realized only after stopping and rushing to their aid that Christine was unharmed but Lilly had suffered a catastrophic injury to her right front leg.
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    [TD] Dr. Kiko Bracker of Angell Animal Medical Center tends to Lilly before her right front leg is amputated (credit: Angell Animal Medical Center)[/TD]

    The engineer immediately called emergency services, who arrived to find Lilly standing guard over Christine, who had collapsed alongside the train tracks while walking home from a friend’s house. Lilly’s calm and composed demeanor—despite the wail of sirens, flashing lights and frantic din from first responders struggling to make sense of the scene—is all the more remarkable given her life-threatening injuries, which by now were bleeding profusely. A Shirley animal control officer immediately drove Lilly to an emergency animal hospital in Acton where Boston Police Officer David Lanteigne, who adopted the once shy and anxious dog five years ago from an animal shelter, recovered her and rushed to Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston.

    David had adopted Lilly three years ago as a companion for Christine, his mother, who had suffered from alcoholism nearly her entire life. Lilly became the center of Christine’s universe—and Lilly’s presence provided Christine a comfort she had never known. Said David of the bond between the dog and his mother: “Lilly means the world to my mother, who doted on the dog from the moment she came to live with her. Lilly has also played a crucial role in helping my mom drastically reduce 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.â€

    Upon arriving at Angell’s Emergency and Critical Care Unit, Dr. Alice D’Amore immediately took charge of Lilly’s care. The administration of sedatives and pain medicine calmed her enough to allow the veterinary team to determine the extent of her injuries, and plan for the emergency surgery and ongoing treatment she would require. Lilly’s right foot had been completely “de-glovedâ€â€”its skin, muscle and connective tissue torn clear away. Multiple fractures to her left pelvis were especially troubling because, should she survive surgery, she could be permanently unable to bear weight or walk without assistance.

    Angell’s World-Renowned Surgery Team Tends to Lilly
    The veterinary team concluded that Lilly’s right front leg could not be repaired and the only option would be to amputate the entire limb. Lilly braved this surgery on Saturday, May 5. After a short recovery she endured a second surgery to repair her pelvis and rear left leg—which is now supported with steel plates. Lilly’s life will never be the same as she will be unable to bear weight or walk without assistance for the first few months after her surgery. Still, the veterinary team at Angell is optimistic that the spirit she showed as she rescued Christine may be just the trait that sees her through this new phase of her life.

    Said Dr. Meg Whalen, a staff criticalist at Angell’s Emergency and Critical Care unit: “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.â€

    Donations Sought to Offset Lilly’s Care
    Because of the severity of Lilly’s injuries and the extensive treatment she required, the MSPCA-Angell has provided financial aid through its Pet Care Assistance program to help cover the cost of Lilly’s care. In addition to supporting other MSPCA programs, Pet Care Assistance provides financial aid to families whose animals need emergency, intermediate and critical care at Angell. Readers who would like to donate to Pet Care Assistance can navigate to www.mspca.org/helplilly.

    Hero Dog Challenges the Public’s Perception of Pit Bulls
    At a time when Pit Bulls are maligned and erroneously stereotyped as violent or unfriendly, Lilly’s bravery is testimony to the true nature of these amazing dogs. Far from being aggressive, unfriendly or indifferent, Lilly is a bona fide hero and an ambassador for Pit Bulls everywhere. The MSPCA-Angell’s Advocacy, Law Enforcement and Adoption Center teams have worked for years to challenge the notion that Pit Bulls are innately dangerous. It is only recently that Pit Bulls have been cast erroneously as villains. At the height of the breed stature in the early 20[SUP]th[/SUP] century they were often seen as the most decorated heroes in the U.S. Lilly has demonstrated the unconditional love and loyalty that is a hallmark of Pit Bulls—and many, many other dogs as well.

    Said Jean Weber, the MSPCA’s director of animal protection: “Lilly’s story has moved us all beyond measure. I hope her actions will underscore the truth about Pit Bulls—that they are amazing animals and are as devoted to their family as any other dog.â€

    Once Lilly fully recovers from her surgeries she will go home to live with David, his girlfriend and their two Golden Retrievers (whom Lilly adores). Christine has moved in with David to help with Lilly’s convalescence. Lilly’s recovery will be monitored regularly by the veterinary team at Angell to ensure she has every chance of returning to her former self.

    For more information about Angell Animal Medical Center’s Emergency and Critical Care Services click here.
  2. SamThePitbull

    SamThePitbull Good Dog

    What a touching story and ill be praying for this hero of a dog! Do you happen to have a link to this article that I can post on my FB?
  3. p4eAaLcLe

    p4eAaLcLe Good Dog

    Hit the FB button at the top of the thread :)
  4. SamThePitbull

    SamThePitbull Good Dog

    Wow i cant believe i never noticed that lol! Thanks
  5. Kamdon

    Kamdon GRCH Dog

    That is just awesome
  6. #1 stunner

    #1 stunner Good Dog

    What a dog! :hearts:
  7. Great story!!
  8. Kahne

    Kahne Good Dog

    Great story and at a great time since there is a bill going on now to prevent any towns in MA from banning breeds, some good press could really help push it along. Hope she gets better soon.
  9. destinoscelgo

    destinoscelgo Good Dog

    I heard it already was passed two days ago...
  10. 4girlsgiggling

    4girlsgiggling Big Dog

    This is a great story!! so happy they're able to help the dog!
  11. Krista

    Krista Krypto Super Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    That is really awesome. I am so glad Lilly is going to be OK. :)
  12. ssmiechowski

    ssmiechowski Big Dog

    I heard about this earlier today. It just gives me more ammo when someone trys to tell me about my "dangerous dog".
    Thanks for posting. My husband enjoyed reading it as well.
  13. Kahne

    Kahne Good Dog

    Not that I know of, Ill have to ask around.
  14. Diesel12

    Diesel12 Little Dog

    Thanks for posting this.

    What an awesome story!
  15. Team Peanut

    Team Peanut GRCH Dog

    i seen this earlier on my news very touching. Way to go Lily!
  16. Teal

    Teal Krypto Super Dog Premium Member

    What a lovely story! I hope she makes a full recovery
  17. destinoscelgo

    destinoscelgo Good Dog

    This I hijacked from a Rottweiler forum when I googled it. Posted last night in reference to BSL
    Also I heard some news on Twitter about it. Maybe it's not true though?
  18. LilianaLove

    LilianaLove GRCH Dog

    MA and MD are two different states (Massachusetts and Maryland). The case law that set the precedence in MD did not 'pass'. It was a decision that laid down new definitions for how courts should handle cases of "pit bull" bites and attacks, being that such cases are now considered strict liability cases and owners of such dogs and landlords of such owners understand the consequences of their actions for harboring a 'dangerous animal'. This is not legislation and thus there was no vote.
  19. Kahne

    Kahne Good Dog

    Yes like LilianaLove said I think you got the two confused. The bill here in MA can be found here http://www.malegislature.gov/Bills/187/Senate/S02192. From everything I read and everyone I talked to its still slowly moving along. This bill would prohite towns from banning breeds based solely on breed.
  20. MsAcer

    MsAcer Good Dog

    How did the women get on the tracks?

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