BOSTON, May 8, 2012 – Just after midnight on May 3 the engineer of a westward-bound freight train witnessed an extraordinary scene as he barreled toward a railway crossing in Shirley, Massachusetts—a dog was frantically pulling an unconscious woman away from the tracks. The engineer made every attempt to stop the train but was unable to avoid striking 8-year-old Pit Bull Lilly before she could clear herself from the train’s wheels.
Lilly’s human companion was unharmed but the dog was not nearly as fortunate. The train’s wheels sliced through her right foot, fractured her pelvis in multiple locations and caused other internal injuries. Critically wounded, Lilly lay down next to her companion, who remained unconscious until help arrived.
Lilly spent about a week and a half in the hospital where she endured 2 extensive surgeries. One to amputate her badly injured right leg and second to place steel plates and a femoral head ostectomy in her rear pelvis. Her amazing bravery, will to get better paired with her amazing personality won the hearts of anyone meeting her along this journey. Her story was told to the world and in 4 days donations totaling $76,000 from inspired people around the world came in support of Lilly. A Facebook page was created by her family as a way to thank her supporters by allowing them to follow her recovery.
Inspired by her heroic deed Lilly’s family and select friends have come together to form the Lilly the Hero Pit Bull Fund over the last 6 months. Through media, facebook, educational events and everyday contact Lilly is slowly making a difference as a representative of her breed.