Here’s a heartwarming story about a Baltimore cop who got called to deal with a “vicious” dog and ended up making a new best canine friend and taking him home.
The incident happened last summer, but in light of the numerous tragic stories of police who have no idea what to do with dogs and end up shooting them, we decided to tell you about Officer Waskiewicz, a great exception to that trend.
Here’s how he told his story to Modified k9:
Today I received a call while on duty about a vicious dog chasing kids. When I came on the scene, I noticed people yelling out their windows at the dog. I followed the dog into an ally to see how it was acting. Going on my own approach, being a dog lover, I got out of my car and called the “vicious dog” over to me. The dog came over with it’s tail between it’s legs and panting. I grabbed my water bottle and the dog sat down next to me and began licking my pants. I started giving the dog water.
So it wasn’t the dog that was vicious at all; it was the humans.
Pretty soon the dog was so happy with this treatment that he began licking Waskiewicz’s face in delight. (Check out the delightful photo here!) That was enough for the officer to determine that the animal posed no threat, and to place him in his squad car.
Compare that to the treatment meted out to Bella and Jordan, two boxers in San Mateo, CA, who in 2011 were summarily shot dead by police because the animals were allegedly growling at people in a community park.
Even worse is what’s been happening to innocent dogs in Colorado recently. There have been so many serious incidents involving police shooting dogs that Colorado lawmakers have been forced to introduce a bill that will require law enforcement officers to undergo canine behavioral training in an effort to stop the use of deadly force when dealing with dogs.
Have they considered hiring Officer Waskiewicz to conduct that training? I think he would be perfect.
“Because of Officer Waskiewicz’s astute response, he saved the life of an innocent animal and avoided what could have been a situation with a tragic ending,” Baltimore Humane Society Executive Director Jen Swanson said, as reported to CBS local news.
On the trip to the animal shelter, the pit bull eventually curled up next to the officer and went to sleep.
A few days later Waskiewicz returned to the shelter to check up on his new friend. When he discovered that the dog was still there, he immediately decided to adopt “Bo” as he named him, and took Bo home to meet his two canine siblings.
What a wonderful contrast to those other ugly stories, of police reacting too quickly, rushing to judgment and shooting a dog, without taking the time to understand what was happening.
If only all police officers were like Dan Waskiewicz!
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