Figo, a service Golden Retriever in Brewster, New York, is being hailed as a hero after saving the life of the blind woman he was guiding.
When a mini-bus was about to hit Audrey Stone, 62, the dog sacrificed its body and through itself at the bus before it could hit stone.
While Stone was still hit by the bus, witnesses say Figo absorbed much of the impact. Stone suffered a broken ankle and elbow and three fractured ribs. However, it could have been much worse if not for Figo’s actions. According to local media reports, a witnesses described the event.:
“I don’t know if (the driver) thought (Stone) was going to move faster, but it looks like the dog tried to take most of the hit for her,” said Schwartz, who lives in Mahopac.
“There were 15 EMTs and people all around her and the dog didn’t want to leave her side,” Schwartz said. “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.”
“The dog was being a good sport, really calm,” Schwartz said. “He sat with me the whole time. He was limping as we put him on a big blanket on the sidewalk and it started to rain. He let us wrap up his leg without any problem. He wasn’t barking or crying or yelping. But he kept pulling toward her. After she was put on a gurney and taken away, he stopped doing that. He seemed a little lost after she left.”
Figo, like his owner, is now on the mend, He suffered from a bone-deep cut down the length of his front leg and is pretty sore from the blunt force trauma, but he is expected to make a full recovery.
The driver was issued a summons for failing to yield to a pedestrian and was taken off duty pending the outcome of an investigation.