According to Thursday's press release from the non-profit organization, MSPCA-Angell, a Dorchester, Mass., dog is being hailed a hero after she retrieved help for her fallen human companion after they were both struck by a car.
The dog, a beagle-mix named "Lucy," was injured when she was struck by a vehicle, but she managed to limp to a nearby dentist's office where she proceeded to "bark madly" in an effort to get help for the man who remained injured on the road.
Following her effort to garner attention, Lucy made her way back to her walking companion, John Miles, who was nearly unconscious and grievously wounded; until help arrived, the devoted dog stood vigil by his side.
According to the release, Lucy refused to leave Miles, even when he was lifted into the ambulance.
Lucy belongs to Miles' son, but she has been John's walking companion for the past eight years.
The car which struck the pair left Miles severely wounded; he suffered two broken legs, a broken arm and multiple facial fractures. The impact also wounded Lucy's leg, tearing a ligament in her knee - an injury which requires surgery to correct.
Miles' daughter-in-law, Caitlin, stated:
This is obviously a terribly sad and worrying time for our family—with my father-in-law facing surgery and months of rehab and our much-loved dog, a hero to all of us, also requiring extensive veterinary care.
We’ll do whatever it takes to get her well, of course, as she is everything to us.”
Lucy will undergo surgery on Dec. 13 for her injured leg; the procedure costs upwards of $5,000.
MSPCA is helping to raise funds to ensure that this devoted dog is able to receive all of the veterinary care that she needs in order to make a full recovery.
Individuals interested in helping Lucy can make a donation here.
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