Witnesses: Service dog throws self in front of bus to protect blind owner

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BREWSTER, N.Y. – A service dog who went to great lengths to protect his owner is now recovering.

Figo is Audrey Stone’s service dog. Stone, who is blind, relies on the dog to get around and lead a normal life.

Figo is no stranger to crossing the street with Stone, but recently the dog’s protective instincts gained national attention.

Witnesses say a mini school bus was turning left onto the street and the driver was paying attention to oncoming traffic.

However, they say he didn’t notice that a pedestrian was just ahead.

When Figo saw the bus heading straight for Stone, he threw himself in front of the bus, according to The Journal News.

“I don’t know if [the driver] thought [Stone] was going to move faster, but it looks like the dog tried to take most of the hit for her,” said Paul Schwartz, who witnessed the accident.

Stone suffered a fractured right elbow, three broken ribs, a fractured ankle and a cut to her head, police told the Journal News.

Witnesses say Figo’s leg was cut down to the bone.

Despite his injuries, witnesses say Figo was more concerned about his owner.

“The dog took a lot of the blow,” Brewster Police Chief John Del Gardo told The Journal News. “And he did not want to leave her side. He stood right with her. He was there to save her.”

The driver of the bus was given a summons for failing to yield to a pedestrian.

Figo’s front leg is in a splint and Stone is recovering from surgery.

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