Dog helps save owner...

A Dorchester man is in the hospital while his canine companion awaits surgery at Angell Animal Medical Center after both were struck and injured by a car while crossing Neponset Avenue in Dorchester on Nov. 25, the MSPCA-Angell announced today. The man, John Miles, was taking the same four-mile walk he had taken for forty years along with his son’s eight-year-old beagle-mix “Lucy,” who for the last eight years has accompanied him almost every day.

According to the Boston Police Dept. both John and Lucy were struck and injured by a northbound car traveling at high speed. John suffered two broken legs, a broken arm and multiple facial fractures. Despite having also been struck by the car Lucy limped to a nearby dentist’s office, barking madly to summon help. By the time the police and animal control officer arrived Lucy had braced herself against the nearly unconscious John, refusing to leave his side even as he was lifted into the ambulance.