Blind man who fell in subway will keep dog

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A man who fell onto subway tracks on Tuesday will get to keep his seeing-eye dog thanks to donations.
Photo credit: Miles Dixon

The blind man who fell onto the subway tracks at 125th Street in Manhattan on Tuesday will get to keep his seeing eye dog after all.

Cecil Williams, 61, was heartbroken because 11-year-old Orlando is “retiring” in January from being an official seeing-eye dog, and Williams’ insurance reportedly would not cover the cost of a non-working dog.

But thanks to some donations from strangers, Williams will be able to afford keeping Orlando after all.

“Everyone is showing their humanity and peace and goodwill at this time,” a tearful Williams said from his hospital bed on Wednesday.

Unable to hold back tears, Williams explained how important Orlando is to him.

He’s my best buddy, he’s my pal,” Williams said. “He takes me on the trains, he takes me on the buses, he takes me everywhere I need to go.”

When Williams fell, Orlando stayed with him, licking his face.

“He was there for me,” Williams said.

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