Service dog throws self in bus’ path to protect blind owner

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BREWSTER, N.Y. — Authorities say a service dog has thrown itself in front of a school bus to try to protect its blind owner as the pair crossed a road in New York.

The golden retriever, Figo, came between Audrey Stone and a mini school bus Monday in Brewster. The crash injured both of them and left fur stuck to the bus’ front wheel.

According to the Journal News, Brewster Police Chief John Del Gardo says Stone suffered a broken ankle, elbow and ribs. She was still hospitalized Tuesday in Danbury, Connecticut.

Figo underwent surgery and has a leg splint. He’ll remain at a veterinary hospital until Stone is able to care for him.

Del Gardo told the USA Today, “The dog took a lot of the blow. And he did not want to leave her side. He stood right with her. He was there to save her.”

The driver says he didn’t see the pair. He was given a summons for failing to yield to a pedestrian.

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