A service dog threw himself in front of a mini school bus in the state of New York to try to protect his blind owner and stayed by her side as emergency responders tended to the injured pair, authorities said on Tuesday.
Both Figo, the golden retriever, and his owner, Audrey Stone, were getting better after Monday’s collision with the mini school bus in Brewster, about 100km north of New York City.
“The dog took a lot of the blow,” Brewster Police Chief John Del Gardo said. “And he did not want to leave her side. He stood right with her. He was there to save her.”
Stone, 62, suffered a broken ankle, elbow and ribs and a head wound and was still hospitalised on Tuesday, the police chief said. Figo underwent surgery and has a leg splint. The driver was given a summons for failing to yield to a pedestrian.
The two kindergarteners on the bus weren’t injured.