Audrey Stone was crossing the street with her guide dog Figo when unbeknownst to her, a bus was heading straight at her. Her golden retriever leapt into action and threw himself in front of the bus, stopping the vehicle from hitting his blind companion.
When police arrived, they took photos of the scene, with fur shown stuck to the bus.
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“The dog took a lot of the blow,” Brewster Police Chief Del Gardo told USA Today. “And he did not want to leave her side. He stood right with her. He was there to save her.”
Stone suffered a fractured elbow, broken ribs, a fractured ankle and a cut on her head, but her dog took the brunt of the impact. Figo’s leg was cut so severely, the bone was exposed.
“There were 15 EMTs and people all around her and the dog didn’t want to leave her side,” Paul Schwartz, the manager of a nearby gas station who ran to the scene, told the outlet. “He was flopping over to her and she didn’t want him to get away from her, either. She kept screaming, ‘Where’s Figo? Where’s Figo? Where’s Figo?’ We kept telling her he was fine.”
While Stone headed off to the hospital, Figo was brought the vet, where he needs to undergo surgery.
The driver, who had two kindergartner passengers, told the police he did not see the woman and her dog crossing. The driver was issued a summons for failing to stop for a pedestrian and taken off duty while the investigation is on going. He also received an alcohol and drug test — standard protocol for accidents — and the results will be available in the next couple of days.
H/T USA Today
Main image via Syracuse.com