Elisabeth Torres, Global Animal 

Photo Credit: guardian.co.uk

A dog lost his life last Thursday when he pulled his guardian out of the way of an oncoming train. According to Russian news site Ria Novosti, the 48-year old man sought to end his life by drinking a bottle of vodka and falling asleep on train tracks in the city of Karaganda. Aida Muldashevan, an investigator with the local transport police department, said,  “Upon seeing the train, the dog started pulling its owner away. When train drivers saw the dog on the rail tracks, they used the emergency brake.” But it was too late.

The train hit the dog, killing him instantly. The man was taken to the hospital and suffered two broken ribs and a shoulder injury. 

Incredible acts of animal loyalty are not uncommon. In May 2012, a pit bull named Lilly suffered from a fractured pelvis and lost her front leg when she saved her guardian from an oncoming train in Boston.

Although the dog in Kazakhstan was not as lucky as Lilly, the fact that he showed no hesitation in putting his life in danger for his guardian clearly demonstrates the unconditional love animals feel for their companions. Hopefully the dog’s guardian will use his second chance at life to do some good.