Pit Bull Pulls Unconscious Owner From Path Of Oncoming Train

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An eight year old pit bull is recovering in a Massachusetts animal hospital after conducting a remarkable rescue mission. According to witnesses, the heroic dog saved the life of her owner just before she was hit by an oncoming freight train.

The Massachusetts SPCA said Christine Spain of Shirley was walking home with her dog Lilly when she collapsed on the tracks. Spain’s son, Boston Police Officer David Lanteigne, says a train’s engineer watched in amazement as the dog moved her owner out of harm’s way. Traveling at a high rate of speed, the train was unable to come to a stop, and Lilly was hit seconds after saving Spain.

“The engineer said as he was coming up, he saw the dog pulling her off the tracks. But there wasn’t enough time,” Lanteigne said. “He then saw the dog come around between the train and my mom and take the hit of the train.”

That heroic deed came at substantial cost: veterinarians were forced to amputate a badly mangled leg that was beyond repair. Lilly also suffered a broken pelvis, but remarkably, she is expected to make a full recovery. While receiving treatment for her injuries, the brave dog has been showered with letters of appreciation as news of her story spreads.

For a breed often maligned in media reports this, say pit bull advocates, is just another example of what they are really made of. They say Lilly is a true hero, a sentiment echoed by David Lanteigne.

“Lilly stepped up to the plate – true to form, true to character…and she saved my mom’s life.”







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    May 8, 2012 7:39 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Katelyn

    awwwwwwww

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  • May 8, 2012 7:41 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Lori

    i love pits!!

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  • May 8, 2012 7:41 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Travis

    It’s really nice to see pitbulls get positive coverage.

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    May 8, 2012 7:41 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Cristián

    perro bebé!!!

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    May 8, 2012 7:42 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    Now your mom needs to step up and get help for her alcoholism.

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      May 8, 2012 7:51 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      I agree one hundred percent, this wouldn’t have happened if she hadn’t been drinking. Poor baby lost her leg… :(

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      May 8, 2012 7:57 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      Isnt that the saddest part…dog had to get hurt cause human couldnt control herself …what is wrong with people? :/

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        May 9, 2012 6:34 amPosted 2 years ago
        Anonymous

        yer focus on the bad in this story don’t take the utter joy out of how loyal and loving animals are compared to humans

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          May 9, 2012 1:22 pmPosted 2 years ago
          Mary

          Dog would not have had to do that if not for the fact she was a drunk. She should feel like crap for being such a terrible human being

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            May 9, 2012 5:09 pmPosted 2 years ago
            Anonymous

            We are ALL “terrible human beings”. We are all imperfect and accidents happen. There is no reason to bash Shirley. The correct response is, “Way to go Lilly!” And let’s pray for Shirley’s internal battle.

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            May 11, 2012 12:20 amPosted 2 years ago
            nova7128

            Have a PIT, myself;) LOVE HIM;) THESE IDIOTS THAT ABUSE THIS BREED ARE TRULY, THE SCUM OF THE EARTH!!!!

  • May 8, 2012 7:42 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Maxine

    my pit has saved my life twice, there such a dangerous animal NOT……………..

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  • May 8, 2012 7:42 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Tammy

    I hope he makes it,he soooo deserves it…God Bless him!!

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      May 9, 2012 5:59 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      its a girl dog

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    May 8, 2012 7:43 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Bertha

    They are very loyal friends-I love the breed

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    May 8, 2012 7:45 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Laura

    WEll, we know this wasn’t in Maryland if it’s a pit.

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    May 8, 2012 7:45 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sara

    Amazing! this is exactly why i hate when they label dog breeds as dangerous! this PITBULL is a HERO!! As so many of them are! I’m so glad she’s going to be ok :) :):)

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    May 8, 2012 7:46 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Ami

    Love Button So needed…Many well wishes to the entire family along with a speedy recovery :-)

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  • May 8, 2012 7:47 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Brenda

    I just love my pit! Shes the best friend to my special needs child and outlawed in my small town in Ks. Thanks to our local vet we still have our Lucy!

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  • May 8, 2012 7:47 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Michele

    she was amazing its the owner not the breed

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    May 8, 2012 7:48 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Tanikka

    Awww. I wish the media would highlight more stories like this so people could see how amazing pit bulls really are. <3

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    May 8, 2012 7:49 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Patrick

    love the breed n the deed!! does he need a home??

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  • May 8, 2012 7:49 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Stephen

    Good dog!

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    May 8, 2012 7:49 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Emily

    what a great dog I’m glad she’s going to be OK.

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  • May 8, 2012 7:49 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Wertanen

    What a wonderful story to see in the news, Liliy is a hero, but hero status is not why she did what she did. We all know why she did it and that is what makes her so special, wishing Liliy a speedy recovery from Atlanta Ga

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  • May 8, 2012 7:51 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Bill

    they are Great Dogs !,, no doubt about it !

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    May 8, 2012 7:51 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Chris

    so do i had a pit bull and gave him to my dad after my mom passed away he has been very loyal to my dad and woundnt hurt a soul …god bless you bronko.but dont try to get into my dads house!!!with out u being invited by my dad.

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    May 8, 2012 7:52 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Linda

    God love her…

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    May 8, 2012 7:52 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Tattoochick

    Yea!!!!! Finally a good story about pits!!!

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  • May 8, 2012 7:52 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Angie

    That is a great story.

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  • May 8, 2012 7:53 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Lonna

    The shelter I work at had a “vicious” Pit come in with her baby. She was so “vicious” that she nursed 5 abandoned pups that came in a couple hours after she did. She nursed every single one of them as tho they were her own. She’s very special and I <3 her to pieces.

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  • May 8, 2012 7:53 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Melanie

    Amazing!!!!!!

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  • May 8, 2012 7:53 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Tess

    pupppieeeeeeeeeeeeesssssssssssssssss babiessssssssssss

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    May 8, 2012 7:54 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Jolie

    Amazing story about an AMAZING dog…. Get well soon Lily <3

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  • May 8, 2012 7:54 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Cat

    I hope Lilly’s mom uses this to realize she needs to get help for her problem. Thank goodness Lilly was there or she wouldn’t be here today. I hope Lilly recovers quickly! <3

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    May 8, 2012 7:54 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sheila

    Oh that poor baby ~ What a wonderful dog she is way to go Lily ~ Good Girl <3 <3 <3 Feel better soon sweetie

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    May 8, 2012 7:56 pmPosted 2 years ago
    David

    What a b eautiful story, love it. Wishing her a speedy and complete recovery and back to her family soon.

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  • May 8, 2012 7:57 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Christine

    How deeply inspiring. Lilly is an incredibly amazing dog.

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    May 8, 2012 7:58 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sumi

    Noble dog. How many people would risk their lives to do what Lilly did?

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  • May 8, 2012 7:58 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Amanda

    What a sweet baby!! Prayers for a speedy recovery!

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  • May 8, 2012 7:58 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Lyle

    This is one example that pit bulls are not vicious dogs just the people that own them. This dog did very good and deserves the biggest bone in the world

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  • May 8, 2012 7:58 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Odd

    This should be required reading for all who ‘blame the breed’. Lilly, get better soon, you have sent a valuable message. Hugs for you!

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    May 8, 2012 7:59 pmPosted 2 years ago
    NiK

    this story brought tears to my eyes… such an amazing creature. truly an angel.

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    May 8, 2012 7:59 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Stephanie

    Give Lilly an award! And treats! God bless her <3

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    May 8, 2012 8:00 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Chantelle

    What a good dog. Now we dont see this in the news do we?

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  • May 8, 2012 8:01 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Tammy

    God Bless u lily,Your my hero!! I hope u make it through this ordeal..I hope yr owner learns from her mistake…She got a second chance at life,I love u Lily!! KISSES AND HUGS YR WAY!!

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    May 8, 2012 8:02 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sherry

    Thank you Lilly – your Mum needs you home with her – Thank you♥

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    May 8, 2012 8:03 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Pamela

    God bless you precious Lilly! You are a truly awesome lady!

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  • May 8, 2012 8:04 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Larry

    This exemplifies the character of an American Pitbull Terrier and why it was considered the mascot of the U.S. during WWI and WWII. I love this breed above all others. Great dogs!

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    May 8, 2012 8:06 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Patricia

    A MI PERRA LA ATACO UNO EL DOMINGO, ERA UN CHARCO DE SANGRE TODO….A MI HIJA LE MORDIO 2 PIERNAS !!!! GRACIAS A DIOS MI HIJA TENIA PANTALONES !!!!. TODO DEPENDE DE QUIEN LOS CRIE !!!!, PERO SON PERROS SANGUINARIOS Y ATACAN AL MAXILAR DEL PERRO !!!!, BUSCAN LA YUGULAR. FUE UNA SUERTE QUE NO PASE A MAYORES!!!!!. DEBEN SALIR CON BOZAL !!!!!, AL FIN Y AL AL CABO SON ANIMALES !!!!.

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    May 8, 2012 8:07 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Natasha

    Nice to see some good news about poor Pit Bulls for once!

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    May 8, 2012 8:08 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Ann

    Oh Bless her!

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    May 8, 2012 8:08 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Ruth

    Wow, what an amazing story — brings tears to my eyes. I hope Lilly has a speedy recovery!

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  • May 8, 2012 8:10 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Nic

    Oh yeah, let’s ban the breed. I’d like to see a maltese do that. WTG Lilly, you little champ.

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  • May 8, 2012 8:11 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Lesley

    Wow amazing xx

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  • May 8, 2012 8:12 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Donna

    Way to go Lily!! But what were the “witnesses” just standing around for???

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      May 14, 2012 9:53 amPosted 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      The witnesses were the train personnel

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    May 8, 2012 8:15 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Taryn

    What a dear little girl. I feel so bad for her losing her leg, but what a wonderful thing she did. I hope her owner gets some help for her alcoholism too.

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  • May 8, 2012 8:19 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Anonymous

    Keep the positive pit bull stories coming! Yesterday 2 small children were viciously attacked by pit bulls in the Bay Area of California; although these stories are tragic and heartbreaking, we wish that pit bulls also got shown on the news about stories like this one!

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  • May 8, 2012 8:20 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Lesley

    Shes amazing xx

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  • May 8, 2012 8:21 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Carolyn

    <3

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    May 8, 2012 8:23 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Lara

    Good human in a good dog and this is the truth of the life of a pit bull. Bad human in a GOOD dog can have awful results.

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  • May 8, 2012 8:30 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Giorgio

    A true hero.

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  • May 8, 2012 8:30 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Catherine

    Such a tragic story….and such a beautiful hero!!

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  • May 8, 2012 8:41 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Kim

    thats awesome!!

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  • May 8, 2012 8:45 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Brenda

    They are good dog’s it the people that rise them right. This is such a great story. Rock on pit bulk terriers.

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  • May 8, 2012 8:46 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Shinnade

    Just goes to show it’s nurture not nature! Dogs are amazing animals.

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    May 8, 2012 8:47 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Lauren

    My dad has a pitt bull and he’s such a great dog!

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    May 8, 2012 8:48 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Rebecca

    I am trying to help an abandoned one!!

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  • May 8, 2012 8:48 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Josephine

    Hero Lily, get well soon!

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    May 8, 2012 8:49 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Connie

    Prays go out to Lilly, Maybe the stupid Mom should stop her drinking now seeing she cant handle it!! Get well soon Lilly …Huggies…

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    May 8, 2012 8:50 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Brian

    Same day: two separate incidents of pits mauling toddlers in CA.

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      May 8, 2012 9:39 pmPosted 2 years ago
      Erika

      It simply shows that things are NEVER black and white, never cut and dry.
      There is bad, but there is also good. Lilly’s courage and self-sacrifice should not be diminished or ignored.

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      May 9, 2012 11:25 amPosted 2 years ago
      SSB Pack

      and your point is?

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  • May 8, 2012 8:50 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Josie

    What an angel!!! Bless. I pray she has a eedy recovery.

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  • May 8, 2012 8:51 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Lynn

    What an amazing girl !

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    May 8, 2012 8:55 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Jenny

    Unconditional love. Plain and simple.

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    May 8, 2012 8:55 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Liliana

    Amazing. As mart as labs are, many do not do this type of ‘thng.’

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    May 8, 2012 8:56 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Liliana

    She will do fine on 3-legs. XOXO for Lily!

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  • May 8, 2012 9:03 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Jessica

    and people think pit bulls are aggressive and are dog fighting dogs. we do not like to be judged when are we going to stop judging animals?

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  • May 8, 2012 9:23 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Judy

    What a truly wonderful dog!

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    May 8, 2012 9:26 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Cheyla

    Hopefully owner will get sober now that she has cost this brave shero Lilly her front leg and broken pelvis – probably painful arthritis for life. If she’s not sober after this, then Lilly should be placed in better home because she’s not got that many legs left!!

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  • May 8, 2012 9:30 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Kimberly

    U truly are an angel Lily. We 2 will pray for your recovery. U r remarkable girl!!!!

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    May 8, 2012 9:33 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Jessica

    Get well soon Lily! Pit Bulls rock!!

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  • May 8, 2012 9:34 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Susan

    Pit bulls are just the same as any dog raised properly they are amazing and devoted companions to all….they just always get a bad rap… poor pups <3

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  • May 8, 2012 9:34 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Linda

    These are the most faithful & loving animals. Dogs behave how they’re treated. If raised with love, they’ll stand by you til their death & show only love & faithfulness towards their owner. They’re only mean if treated that way & raised to fight. This dog loved her owner & therefore saved her life. I hope my dog (mastif) would do the same for me. I know he would my daughter.

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    May 8, 2012 9:38 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sh

    Way to go girl!

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  • May 8, 2012 9:55 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Bobbie

    What a great dog.!

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    May 8, 2012 9:58 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Lake

    Good to see a kudos for the pit bull for a change.

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  • May 8, 2012 9:58 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Carole

    Nice to hear these GOOD reports about pits.

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    May 8, 2012 10:14 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Laura

    I shared that one so people can see something positive about Pit Bulls in the news. Lilly is a hero!!!

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  • May 8, 2012 10:15 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Macy

    the person she saved was intoxicated?! =.=

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  • May 8, 2012 10:38 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Allan

    and then eats him

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  • May 8, 2012 10:38 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Debbie

    Poor, sweet Lily. Angel and hero – you gave so much. Bless your heart Lily – I hope it’s your turn to have peace, love and devotion – you more than earned it.

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    May 8, 2012 10:42 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Brenda

    God sends angels when we need them most! It makes me so sad that another baby has to be effected by this damn disease. I sinserely hope and pray for recovery for both Lilly and her owner. I hope her owner has hit bottom and gets the help she needs. Let this tragic event turn into a miracle. My pit saved my husbands life in a different way a long time ago. He chose to live and he is still sober today! I know you both have a difficult journey but one so worth it. We almost lost our baby last year and I would do anything for him. I will say a prayer for both of you. I’m not judging you it always takes whatever it takes to get us there. I am in recovery too. Just don’t allow this disease to take anymore! Get some help please Lilly loves and needs you.

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  • May 8, 2012 10:55 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Susan

    Awesome pup!!!

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    May 8, 2012 10:56 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Kim

    So Glad to hear she survivied this tragedy and became a hero for her Human Mom…..

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    May 8, 2012 10:56 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Kim

    shared :)

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    May 8, 2012 10:57 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Gus

    Let’s see your stinking little yippie dust mop dog do that.

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    May 8, 2012 10:58 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Sharon

    They’ll the ones that gets the bad rap all the time. I still say owners make them mean you can make any dog mean. Love the story.

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    May 8, 2012 11:20 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Nancy

    There are no bad dogs. Just bad “owners.”

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  • May 8, 2012 11:59 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Lorianne

    Heart.

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  • May 9, 2012 12:36 amPosted 2 years ago
    Sasha

    Wow, wow, wow …. arent dogs just amazing

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  • May 9, 2012 12:41 amPosted 2 years ago
    Felecia

    and they say pit bulls are mean vicious dogs!!!

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  • May 9, 2012 12:43 amPosted 2 years ago
    Peter

    Pit Bulls are not bad dogs only some ohners that treat them bad

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    May 9, 2012 12:45 amPosted 2 years ago
    Theresia

    Loyal dog !!! see people Pit Bulls ARE WONDERFUL DOGS !!! its the owners !!!

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    May 9, 2012 1:02 amPosted 2 years ago
    Wi Shin Uwell

    Smart dog loses leg due to stupid owner, get well soon lily. Don’t let this lesson go by blind, here is your chance to deal with your disease, you owe it to yourself and to lily, her lost leg was her sacrifice for you, what will you sacrifice for her.

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      May 10, 2012 8:46 amPosted 2 years ago
      Anonymous

      And now some pet food company is giving her a years worth of free dog food, and some people want to help pay for the vet bill. She needs to pay every penny of that vet bill, because I am sure that is the only punishment she is going to get. And as far as the free food goes, yes Lilly deserves the free food in a new forever home. Please do not give Lilly back to her so called “owner”

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  • May 9, 2012 1:03 amPosted 2 years ago
    Ben

    Who thinks this stuff up?

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    May 9, 2012 1:07 amPosted 2 years ago
    Chellie W

    On this mornings news..Pit bulls owner had a epeleptic fit,a man ran too help him when the mans pit bull went to full blown attack..The 80 year old man now in a cask said I only wanted too help his owner..Its a shame for both dog and helper..the helper dose not understand the dog,and the dog did’nt understand the good natured gesture..And now the dog has to be put down.. :( (

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    May 9, 2012 1:08 amPosted 2 years ago
    Rick

    Dogs Rule… Its about time someone said something really good about these poppers.

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