$76,000 donated for medical care of 'hero' pit bullBOSTON
-- Money has poured in from around the world for medical care for a pit bull named Lilly, who has been hailed as a hero after she pulled her unconscious owner from the path of a freight train last week.
The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said $76,000 have been donated since the engineer of a westward-bound freight train saw a dog pulling a woman away from the tracks in the early hours of May 3 in Shirley.
The engineer tried to stop, but couldn't avoid hitting the 8-year-old dog.
The woman, identified as Christine Spain, wasn't hurt, but the train's wheels sliced through Lilly's right foot, fractured her pelvis in multiple locations and caused 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.
The dog was initially taken to an emergency animal hospital in Acton, and she was then taken by Spain's son, Boston police Officer David Lanteigne, to Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston.
Lilly's medical bills will total $15,000. The remainder of the money will go into the MSPCA Pet Care Assistance Fund.
Lanteigne said he had adopted the dog for his mother three years before, and Lilly's companionship helped curb 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," he said earlier this week.
Lilly will be released from the medical center on Saturday.source