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Heroic pit bull rescues owner from oncoming train

Boston (CNN) - A Massachusetts pit bull saved her owner from an oncoming freight train, risking life and limb, to pull her off the tracks.

The woman survived, but the dog is severely injured.

David Lanteigne has adored this pit bull since recuing Lilly from a shelter to be a companion for his mom who suffers from alcoholism.

"We saved her life and she saved my mom's life," he said.

It was midnight last Wednesday when his mom fell unconscious on train tracks in Shirley.

"Lilly was either pushing or pulling my mother off the tracks," said Lanteigne. "There wasn't enough time and that just prior to the train making impact Lilly had intentionally gotten between the train and my mother and had taken the hit."

The entire hit. Eight-year-old Lilly suffered severe trauma. David's mother was uninjured.

[Reporter]: "Will this dog be able to walk again?"

April is National Pet First Aid Month

April is National Pet First Aid Month
Basic First Aid for Pets


Owners that have a basic knowledge of pet first aid are better able to give their pet a fighting chance in an emergency. Basic first aid skills can help keep your pet alive, alleviate pain and suffering and prevent further harm when transporting the animal to the veterinarian or hospital.

Don’t panic, protect yourself from injury, prepare in advance
When faced with an injured or severely ill pet, take a moment and assess the situation. Decide if there is danger of further injury to the animal or first aid giver. Ensure that you will not be injured, either by the surroundings or the animal. Determine if the pet needs to be moved immediately. How you approach an injured pet safely is important. Animals may respond to pain and fear instinctively and react with aggression. You cannot assume a docile pet will not bite.

PHOTOS: World's smallest dog now a whooping 6 ounces

EL DORADO HILLS, CA - Tiny, tiny "I am a Survivor" Beyonce is making progress.

Beyonce, who weighed just under 1 ounce when she was born a month ago, now weighs almost 7 ounces and is beginning to walk, reports her caretakers at The Grace Foundation of Northern California, an animal rescue and rehabilitation center.

PHOTOS: Beyonce at 4 weeks old

Beyonce is healthy too, according to her veterinary check-up, even if she has a way to go to catch up to her siblings which tip the scales at more than 1 pound, 10 ounces each.

Beyonce fit into a spoon at birth and according to the World Records Academy, is the world's smallest dog to survive.

Heroic El Dorado Sheriff's K9 recently passed away

Heroic El Dorado Sheriff's K9 recently passed away

It is with great regret that we must announce the passing of El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office Canine “Asko”. Asko passed away on March 20 from unexpected natural causes. Asko joined the Sheriff’s Office in 2006 when he started his law enforcement training with his partner Deputy Jeffrey Tucker. Canines and their handlers become a very close team as they live together and work together in excess of forty hours per week.

Horse rescued after falling down embankment near Somerset

SOMERSET, CA - A horse that was stuck at the bottom of an embankment for eight hours was rescued with help from four agencies.

The UC Davis Veterinarian Emergency Response Team (VERT), Sacramento Metro Fire Department, El Dorado County Animal Control and Pioneer Fire Department responded to a small creek on Tigers Eye Road, off of Mt. Aukum Road, where the horse was stuck since 9 a.m., Sacramento Metro Fire Assist. Fire Chief Scott Cockrum said.

"Apparently this horse went down for some reason and rolled down an embankment, under a tree, and ended up in a creek," VERT Dr. Cheryl Ellis said.

VERT worked with Pioneer fire crews and El Dorado County Animal Control for several hours to free the horse, Cockrum said.

"UCD packaged the horse and put it on a sled. We attached our hauling system to the sled and moved it down the creek and up the hill," Sacramento Metro Fire Capt. Tom Neville said.