Hero Pit Bull Drags Unconscious Owner Off Railroad Tracks

A Pit bull dog named Lilly is being called a hero after dragging her unconscious owner from the path of an oncoming train. Lilly’s owner was unharmed, but the 8 year-old dog was struck by the train.

While walking home from her boyfriend’s home at midnight with Lilly on May 3, Christine Spain collapsed on the railroad tracks after apparently having too much to drink. Authorities in Shirley, Massachusetts say a train was heading down the tracks at the same time.

The train’s engineer and the only witness reported seeing a dog “frantically pulling at a woman as he drew closer.” He did everything he could to stop the train. He heard a thump and thought he had hit both Lilly and her owner. When he was finally able to come to a complete stop, he found Spain safely on the side of the tracks, but Lilly had been severely injured.

The muscles and skin on her right paw were torn away, her pelvis was fractured and she had injuries to her internal organs. Lilly was rushed to a local animal emergency hospital, but Spain’s son, Boston police Officer David Lanteigne, picked her up and took her to Angell Animal Medical Clinic in Boston.

The Boston clinic had to amputate Lilly’s right front leg and is currently helping the dog recover from her other injuries.

“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,” said Lanteigne. The officer adopted the dog for his mother three years ago.

Spain was arrested at the scene of the accident on charges of obstruction, walking/riding on a railroad track and animal cruelty. She is a recovering alcoholic.

Lanteigne said, “Lilly’s doing a lot better than she was almost a week ago. She’s on her road to recovery now.”

The officer wasn’t surprised when he learned that Lilly had come to his mother’s aid.

“This dog is truly a special dog,” he said. “She’s been amazing since day one. My mother has given anything and everything to this dog. For the past 3 1/2 years since she’s had this dog, it’s her entire life. She’s been eating, sleeping and breathing this dog. The dog is everything to her. She brings her on five or six long walks a day. She spends half an hour preparing all of her meals.”

Lanteigne hopes Lilly’s heroism will change people’s attitude about Pit bulls.

“I just want it to raise awareness on how special these dogs truly are.” He calls Lilly loving and affectionate. He also said his mother has been deeply affected by the dog’s selfless act.

Lilly’s veterinary care is estimated to cost thousands of dollars. A fund has been set up with the MSPCA.

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Michael A.
Michael A4 years ago

Bless that dog!!!

Sheri Schongold
Sheri Schongold4 years ago

A sad but also lovely story. It is a shame that Lilly was hurt, but hopefully, with all the love she is receiving, she will be ok. I hope that Lilly's owner realized it was her fault and determined to go to AA and stop drinking as a thank you and honor to Lilly. Steaks all round.

Katherine Wright
Katherine Wright4 years ago

Annmari, if you read the beginning of the story it mentions Lilly's owner was drunk and was walking home from her boyfriend's home around midnight.......that is what La V was referring to.

That being clarified, what is the update on Lilly's condition????????

Karen F.
Karen F4 years ago

It's sad Lily is paying such a high price for being a loyal dog. She must have severe and very painful injuries yet to overcome... but I'm sure she'd save her owner all over again. A dog often is a better friend to it's owner than the owner is to the dog and Lily is just one example of that. While Lily recovers (hopefully) her owner might want to check into alcoholic rehab... I can't imagine a better motivating factor than THIS tragic reason: "It's Lily's turn to be taken care of now."

Debbie Tate
Debra Tate4 years ago

this is what Pitt Bulls are all about! Loyalty. They are one of the most loyal dogs you will ever find! Pitt Bulls got a bad rap because of Michael Vick. Shame on him! We need to end BSL for exactly this reason. They are not born aggressive, they are made that way and this story just proves how great they really are! Get well soon, Lilly. You are an angel! May God let his angels watch out for you and help you heal. Your family loves and misses you . They are looking forward to your home coming with lots of love. You are the best, Lilly.

Kate Cassidy
Kate Cassidy4 years ago

What a brave dog...pit bulls are amazing animals and are so wrongly maligned

ann paveletz
.5 years ago

Animals are smarter than people. they don't drink and walk. ann

Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin5 years ago

La. V. What boyfriend? I can only see mentioning of her son.

I hope Lilly gets prostetics after she has recovered so she can move about again. What a heroic dog! My best wishes for her.

La V.
Larysa V5 years ago

I don't think that boyfriend is such a good guy to let her walk home on the train tracks alone at that time of night and drunk!!!!

Sam M.
Sam E M5 years ago

It was Spain's lucky day, but poor Lilly paid a heavy price in order to save her owner. I hope she recovers well and lives many more years.
Perhaps her sacrifice will urge Spain to make more effort to overcome her addiction to alcohol. Let's hope so.