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When I first read about this heroic dog, I was looking forward to an uncomplicated story of a loyal dog helping its owner. Unfortunately, I feel this owner wasn’t so deserving of this amazing dog, who risked her life.
A pit bull named Lilly, from Shirley, Massachusetts, pulled Christine Spain away from the tracks as a freight train was coming towards them. Spain was unconscious at the time, so Lilly began to do what she thought best, pull her owner from the tracks and placing herself in harm’s way. The engineer of the westward-bound train saw Lilly pulling Spain in the early morning hours of May 3rd, and although he had tried to stop, he was unable to do so before hitting Lilly and leaving Spain unharmed.
As the train passed, the train’s wheels sliced through Lilly’s right foot, fractured her pelvis in numerous locations and caused various 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.
This is when I began to get angry. Why did the woman pass out and why was she walking home in the very early morning hours? My assumption is that Christine endangered her dog because she was drunk and unable to stay conscious.
Spain’s son, Boston police Officer David Lanteigne, transferred Lilly from an emergency animal hospital in Acton to Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston. In fact, Lanteigne is the one who adopted Lilly three years earlier, for his mother, in the hopes that it would help curb her drinking! AHA! While I may be wrong, this just makes me feel more confident in my original assumption. Obviously, Lilly loves the woman and wanted to save her life, but it was because of Spain’s irresponsibility that Lilly was even in that position.
“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,” Lanteigne said.
At this point, we know that Lilly’s foot could not be saved and her right front leg had to be amputated. Luckily, the veterinarian said she should be able to walk once she fully recovers.
To make a donation to Lilly’s care and treatment, click here.
- Humpback Whales Protect a Gray Whale from Killer Whales (psychologytoday.com)
- Hero Dog Pulls Unconscious Owner From Train’s Path (huffingtonpost.com)
- Pit Bull Pulls Unconscious Owner From Path Of Oncoming Train (boston.cbslocal.com)
- Pit Bull Pulls Owner From Railroad Tracks And Loses Own Leg In Process (thecrimsoncrow.com)
- Watch: Pit Bull Takes Hit, Saves Owner From Train (abcnews.go.com)
- Dog pulls owner off railroad tracks (wave3.com)
By: Kelli Knight
A lesbian couple from Norway rescued 40 children during the Utoya Island youth camp attacks was nothing short of amazing, but has gained very little recognition internationally. Many feel that the lack of exposure is due to discrimination.
Hege Dalen and her partner, Toril Hansen, were two very brave INDIVIDUALS, regardless of their sexual orientation. They should be rewarded for their sheer instinct to protect and help children that were frightened and confused. They “braved gunfire while making trips to lift frightened youngsters from the water surrounding the island. ”
The original report, from The Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat was translated by the blog Talk About Equality:
“We were eating. Then shooting and then the awful screaming. We saw how the young people ran in panic into the lake,” says Dalen to HS in an interview. The couple immediately took action and pushed the boat into Lake Tyrifjorden.
Dalen and Hansen drove the boat to the island, picked up from the water victims in shock in, the young and wounded, and transported them to the opposite shore to the mainland. Between runs they saw that the bullets had hit the right side of the boat. Since there were so many and not all fit at once aboard, they returned to the island four times.
“We did not sleep last night at all. Today, we have been together and talked about the events,” Dalen said.
Let’s hope that the media didn’t delay in reporting this coverage for over a week due to homophobia. I find that hard to believe, what with the internet and all, but I’d hope that no one would be hateful to people who sacrificed their own lives for the lives of 40 children.