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Hero guide dog threw himself in front of bus to save blind owner


Figo the hero dog

Figo the hero dog

Figo the hero dog

A guide dog who threw himself in front of a school bus to protect his blind owner has been dubbed a 'hero'.

Figo and his owner, Audrey Stone (62), were crossing a New York street when the dog saw the bus coming towards them.

According to the authorities, he threw himself in front of the vehicle and remained by Ms Stone's side during her treatment by paramedics.

Both the dog and the woman were upset when they were separated for the ambulance journey.

"The dog took a lot of the blow. And he did not want to leave her side," Brewster Police Chief John Del Gardo said after the incident.

"He stood right with her. He was there to save her.

Here he is....Figo! As you can see he is unphased by all of the media hype. 󾮗

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"You really can't touch an injured dog guarding someone. Touch them - they're aggressive. Not this dog."

Ms Stone suffered a broken ankle, elbow and ribs and a head wound.

Meanwhile, hero Figo underwent surgery after his leg was injured.

"He needs the Purple Heart from the president," owner Ms Stone told the Journal News.

"He protects me, loves me, and vice versa. We just have a strong connection.

"We were in the middle of the street and it happened so quickly, but people said he just jumped at the bus."

The two children on the bus were uninjured.

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