BOSTON — When Boston Officer David Lantiegne adopted Lilly (now 8) from an animal shelter five years ago he had no idea that she would save his mother’s life. Rescuing her to be a companion for his mother Lilly bonded immediately to her, always loyally standing by her side.
Officer Lanteigne’s mother had struggled with alcoholism and after receiving some very upsetting news she lost her sobriety. While out walking one evening by the train tracks his mother passed out, right on the tracks in the path of an oncoming train. Lilly was there, by her side, and pulled her off the tracks. Though his mother was saved and unharmed, Lilly suffered life threatening injuries bearing the brunt of the train’s force as it passed.
Lilly and her owner remained by the tracks until emergency services arrived to tend to them. Lilly was immediately rushed for veterinary attention as her life was in peril. Her recovery was going to be an uphill battle. She’s had several surgeries. One to amputate her front leg, and another to place steel plates in to support her pelvis and rear left leg, but she survived.
Her family describes her as a “bonafide hero and ambassador for Pit Bulls” . Officer Lanteigne, who does not shy away from his love and gratitude for all Lilly’s done, says:
” She showed exactly what a Pit Bull Is”
Lilly has received accolades from across the globe as her loyalty and bravery are indeed exceptional. Jean Weber, the MSPCA’s director of animal protection says:
“Lilly’s story has moved us all beyond measure. I hope her actions will underscore the truth about Pit Bulls—that they are amazing animals and are as devoted to their family as any other dog.”