Loyal pit bull recovering after pulling woman from path of oncoming train

A pit bull is recovering today from being hit by a train while trying to rescue a woman who had collapsed on railroad tracks last week in Shirley, the MSPCA Angell Animal Medical Center said.

Eight-year-old Lilly was adopted three years ago by Boston police Officer David Lanteigne as a companion for his mother, who suffers from alcoholism.

The engineer of a freight train told police that he tried to stop Wednesday night when he saw a dog pulling an unconscious woman away from the tracks near a railway crossing, the center said in a statement.


The woman, Lanteigne’s mother, was unharmed, but the dog suffered severe injuries. It required several surgeries, including leg amputation, and is now recovering at Angell’s emergency and critical care unit.

Veterinarians said in the statement that it is likely Lilly will recover and eventually return home.

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