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Brave Pit Bull Saves Woman From Train May 10, 2012 Tazi Phillips Tazi Phillips, Global Animal
Last Wednesday, Christine Spain, the mother of Boston police officer David Lanteigne, fell unconscious on train tracks in Shirley, MA. The engineer of a westward-bound freight train witnessed Lilly, a pit bull, frantically trying to pull the woman off the tracks as the train quickly approached.
Dr. Kiko Bracker of Angell Animal Medical Center tends to Lilly before her right front leg is amputated. Photo credit: Angell Animal Medical Center
Emergency responders arrived to the scene to find Lilly calmly standing guard over Christine. Lilly’s human companion was not injured, but the 8-year-old dog was not as fortunate. A Shirley animal control officer immediately drove Lilly to an emergency animal hospital where officer Lanteigne recovered her and rushed to Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston.
Lilly suffered severe trauma, fracturing her pelvis in multiple locations, facing internal injuries and having her front right leg later removed due to a serious injury from the train’s wheel.
Lilly the pit bull was rescued by Lanteigne 3 years ago as a companion for his mother who suffers from alcoholism. “We saved her life, and she saved my mom’s life.”
At a time when pit bulls are misunderstood and stereotyped as aggressive, Lilly stands as a testament to the loyalty, bravery and unconditional love of these amazing dogs. “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,” Said Jean Weber, the MSPCA’s director of animal protection.
Pit bulls removed from Mount Clemens dangerous animal ordinance Decision expected to alleviate dog owners from several regulations Published On: Feb 22 2012 04:56:33 PM EST
MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. - Pitt bulls have been removed from a dangerous animal ordinance in Mount Clemens.
The city commission voted Monday to remove the language that targets pit bulls on the ordinance. The decision is expected to alleviate dog owners from several regulations.
Officials said the decision to make the ordinance breed specific in 2009 was discriminatory because it alluded that all pit bulls are dangerous.
The original language called for all pit bulls be kept in kennels and muzzled when outdoors.
The ordinance was in response to a petition brought to the commission by residents in 2009. According to reports, since then, there have been no reports of pit bull attacks.
The new language in the ordinance defines a dangerous animal as any animal having a known disposition or propensity to attack, bite, or injure any person or animal without provocation.
Mayor Barb Dempsey voted against the revision. It was approved in a 5-1 vote.
The entire ordinance can be read here.