I was a lonely shelter dog that was adopted in Boston, MA in 2009 by my dad (David) for his mother (Christine). After a wonderful 3 years living with my mom in Shirley, Massachusetts, I showed my true colors, character and loyalty by saving her life.

On May 4, 2012 my mom and I were walking home when she fell unconscious on a set of railroad tracks, directly in the path of on on-coming freight train. I pushed and pulled my mom off the tracks, saving her but I wasn’t so lucky as I was struck by the train and critically injured. (see article: http://www.mspca.org/about-us/press-room/2012/pit-bull-struck-by-freight.html) Within 4 days of my story reaching the media, over $76,000 dollars came in to help me from around the world. The extra money went to the MSPCA’s Pet Care Assistance Fund to help owners that couldn’t afford the high cost of pet medical needs. I not only saved my moms life but also the life of many helpless animals in need of medical care.

My rehabilitation was quite extensive and labor intensive. Astonishingly I took my first few steps only 8 days after my second major surgery. However, I needed six more weeks of double and sometimes triple physical therapy sessions before I could bear my own weight and walk without assistance. Now a days I can run, jump and give high fives as I continue to live without physical assistance or any emotional scars. Here’s a video of a follow-up by CSN’s Jake the Vet documenting my initial physical therapy sessions ~ http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2012/07/the-rehabilitation-of-a-hero-dog/ .

I have taken on a new mission in life and that’s to stand up for and help promote our beloved pit bull breed. My family and friends began a non-profit who’s mission is to promote the pit bull breed and to partner with animal rescues and shelters to help needy dog’s and their families. I attend many events as an “animal celebrity!” and have been honored with numerous awards being recognized as an animal hero and breed ambassador.

Heres a video that will give you a glimpse into my life: www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFVO2prgOQA

I’m a happy dog with a great family. I hope you enjoy my Facebook page as it’s a way for me to thank all of you for your continued love and support ♥ Keep posted, they’ll be more to come!


Lilly the Hero Pit Bull Fund is a registered 501(c)(3) public charity that advocates for pit bulls and financially assists animal rescues across the U.S.

Lilly passed in November of 2018 at the age of 15 years old but we continue to help dogs and owners to make her proud. #LillysLegacy

Lilly the Hero Pit Bull Fund Founders David Lanteigne and Lindsay Dancy. Thank you helping us make a difference in the lives of needy dogs!

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