Dog Leads Good Samaritans To Critically Injured Man

A critically injured young man, who fractured his skull and broke his collarbone when he fell while skateboarding, received prompt life-saving help thanks to an intuitive dog named Lucy. Stacey Cobb’s son, Joel Kelleher, was out skateboarding last week when he crashed not far from his home in Franklin, Massachusetts.

Fortunately for Kelleher, Lucy (a rescue dog) was walking nearby with her owner when the accident happened. Lucy’s owner, Brendan Pedersen, reached out to Joel’s mom after she used social media to thank the “guardian angels” who played a part in saving her son’s life. Pedersen explained how Lucy helped alert him to the life or death situation:

Stacey, it was me that came upon your son first yesterday.
I just looked at your page briefly and saw what a dog lover you appear to be which is why I wanted to reach out and share the beginning of the story from yesterday.
It was actually my dog, Lucy, that was barking like crazy when she must have heard your son fall. That caused me to look out. I rushed out and was able to wave at a car that was coming down the hill pretty fast toward Joel.
We are calling Lucy “Hero Pup” around the house. Again, seeing how much you love dogs, I thought you would like to hear this.
I am SO happy to hear that Joel is doing okay. He will remain in our prayers.”

Because of Lucy’s frantic effort to draw attention to Joel, his severe injuries were quickly attended to. One of the good Samaritans who responded to the situation was a Virginia nurse, in town visiting her daughter. Cobb told Turn to 10 News that the nurse was a “godsend.”

After spending a few days at an area hospital, Joel was able to return home to continue his recovery. He has vowed to be more careful while skateboarding in the future.

Stacey Cobb, an animal lover and advocate, has a Facebook page dedicated to helping shelter dogs find homes. Find A Place To Call Home – For Dogs here.

Stacey has also created a petition asking for a revision to Article 26B ( Agriculture and Market Law- relating to Cruelty to Animals ) to protect pets in NY from inclement weather. Click here to read more and sign.

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Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.


  1. Diane Lampe says:

    Thank you so much for your coverage on Lucy and her life saving efforts to save my friend Stacey Cobb’s son, Joel!
    Where would this world be without our animal companions? Lucy is a perfect example of why “dogs are man’s best friend”.
    People like Stacey do everything in their power to save our companion friends and give them a second chance to live a better life!
    Looks like good karma came knocking on Lucy’s door to give Stacey & Joel what he needed to survive. What could have been a tragedy turned into something amazing!

  2. Elaine Whinston says:

    Dogs are such wonderful creatures!
    This is a new post, not a repeat, in spite of what your software says!

  3. Elaine Whinston says:

    Dogs are such wonderful creatures!

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