On November 25, 2013, John Miles and Lucy, an eight year old beagle mix, were hit by a speeding car while on their ritualistic four mile walk, according to the MSPCA. Both were injured as they crossed Neponset Avenue in Dorchester, Mass. Miles was severely injured, suffering two broken legs, multiple fractures to his face and a broken arm. Lucy was also injured.
Lucy tracked down help at a dentist's office, limping the whole way. She barked incessantly outside the office until someone came to help. When the police and animal control arrived, Lucy had planted herself next to Miles, who was just about unconscious, and would not leave his side.
Miles was not carrying identification and it was Lucy's ID tags that gave the police a number to call. Initially, it was believed Lucy had minor injuries but soon later it was discovered her injuries were more severe and she was brought to the Emergency and Critical Care Unit of Angell Animal Medical Center. X-rays showed she had a torn ligament in her knee that required surgery.
On December 13, 2013, Lucy had surgery on her knee. The cost of surgery was covered by donations. She spent a night in the hospital and then went home with Miles' daughter-in-law. Dr. Meghan Sullivan and Dr. Daniel Frem of the Angell Animal Medical Center performed the operation.
Miles is still recovering from his injuries and Lucy was able to visit him in the hospital.