Man’s best friend proves she’s ‘a true hero’



A guy in a Boston suburb found out just how much his dog loves him late last month when they were out on their daily constitutional.

While crossing a street in Dorchester, Lucy (an 8-year-old husky-beagle mix) and John Miles (no spring chicken himself) were hit by a car, CBS News reports. Miles was knocked out cold with broken legs, a broken arm and facial fractures. Lucy also was injured, but she managed to limp to a nearby dentist’s office and bark for help. Then she hobbled back to her companion and stayed there.

“By the time the police and animal control officer arrived, Lucy had braced herself against the nearly unconscious John, refusing to leave his side even as he was lifted into the ambulance,” MSPCA officials say.

Lucy again saved the day because Miles was not carrying any ID. Her dog tags helped the ambulance crew contact relatives.

“We found out that beagles actually cry, they have tear ducts,” says Caitlan Miles, John’s daughter-in-law. “So after the accident, when I was home with her, she had tears running down her fur. She is walking around lost without him.”

Miles and Lucy will both have to undergo surgery. The dog has a torn knee ligament.

“Lucy reminds us all of the important role animals play in our lives,” says Dr. Meghan Sullivan, the vet who will perform Lucy’s operation. “She’s a true hero to John and her family and to all of us.”

The MSPCA’s website is collecting donations to help pay for Lucy’s vet bills.

“I’m very happy that Lucy did what she did,” John Miles tells CBS’ Boston affiliate. “Makes me feel wonderful because if a dog as good as her can get recognition for doing something above and beyond good for her.”


Lucy visits a seriously injured John in the hospital after the accident. Photo courtesy of MSPCA-Angell

To watch a Fox25 News report on Miles and Lucy, go here.

Updated: The driver of the car that hit them did stop and was not cited. No other information was available on the nature of the accident.