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Dog pays heavy price for dragging owner away from tracks as train arrives

A Pitbull walking along railway lines in Boston saved its owner from an untimely death. Lilly pulled Christine Spain out of the way of an oncoming goods train.

By Nick Whittle

Published on the 20/11/2020, 10:00

Back in 2012 Christine Spain - a resident of Boston - was walking her dog Lilly along a railway track. Without warning, Ms Spain collapsed unconscious on the tracks just as a goods train was making its way towards her.

With no regard for her own safety, Lilly bravely stepped onto the track and pulled Spain out of the way of the approaching wagon. Unfortunately, the courageous Pitbull Terrier was hit and suffered traumatic injuries.

The reason for Spain’s fall was investigated, and in the meantime surgeons set to work on trying to save Lilly’s life. After two long operations surgeons managed to save her.

The dog had suffered a broken pelvis and severe lacerations to her front legs. Surgeons fought hard to save her right front leg, but were unsuccessful.

A good girl in every way

One of the first police officers to check on Lilly was David Lanteigne, Spain’s son. He told ABC News at the time that he had rescued Lilly three years previously, and had given the dog to his mother who was battling alcoholism and depression.

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Officer Lanteigne said his mother doted on the dog, and had begun to fight off her addiction.

A narrow brush with fate

As for the driver of the train, he was said to be shaken up but unharmed. He had seen the pair on the track and had tried as best as he could to slow down the train, but, he told ABC, he was certain he would hit them.

 

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Both Spain and Lilly are now in the best of health.