A Golden Retriever service dog named Figo is being hailed as a hero after he leaped in front of a bus to protect his handler.
Audrey Stone, a 62-year-old from New York, is blind and relies on Figo to guide her around in her day-to-day life.
Apparently the incident occurred when a Brewster school bus driver failed to yield. Figo saw the danger coming, and placed himself in the path of the bus to protect Stone.
According to authorities, despite Figo’s subsequent injuries the dog only wanted to be by his owner’s side.
Brewster Police Chief John Del Gardo said that the dog took the majority of the impact—requiring medical attention and surgery to his front right leg.
Stone was also left with multiple broken bones, and is still in the hospital according to reports.
While she recovers, staff at the Middlebranch Veterinary hospital, where Figo was treated, say the hero dog can stay “as long as Audrey needs before she takes him home.”
A witness, Paul Schwartz, said that as EMTs bandaged Figo’s leg the loyal dog kept pulling toward his owner.
“He wasn’t barking or crying or yelping,” said Schwartz. “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.”
The driver was reportedly given summers for failing to yield.