Police Officer Responds To “Vicious” Dog Call – Makes New Best Friend!

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!


Photo Credit: maplegirlie


Sharylla Jackson
Sharylla Jackson4 years ago

I have read this story over & over & love it very much!!! I have 3 pibbles myself!!

Mari L.
Mari L4 years ago

Dan Waskiewicz is the kind of hero that we should hear more about and celebrate!!!!!!!!!!!

Pat A.
P A4 years ago

"“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."

God bless Officer Waskiewicz and all like him - HOORAY!!

Heidi R.
Past Member 4 years ago

Bless you Officer Waskiewicz!

Being a dog owner I am so angry by idiots who bate dogs thinking it's funny. I've had naughty children do this and idiotic adults. Dog owner's do sometimes feel the worry of a good dog being labeled as vicious because of human actions, and worse yet, of the dog biting out of desperation. Officer, hats off to you for your care and understanding.

Linda Barnett
Linda Barnett4 years ago

Officer Dan Waskiewicz you are my hero! What a man and what a dog! I feel sure that this duo will spend many long happy years together. I wish Bo well and thank goodness his guardian angel came along and rescued him from what could have been a tragic ending. As for the children and adults behaving as they did, education is the key factor here. Our voiceless creatures need to be understood and protected, not chased, screamed at and assumed to be vicious. When will people learn? One final point, all law enforcement officers should be trained how to assess situations involving animals before using their firearms and destroying what could be innocent lives.

Joan S.
Joan S4 years ago

I love a happy ending

Janis K.
Janis K4 years ago

Gotta love happy endings involving pit bulls!! The best dogs ever, if only people could open their minds and hearts.

Lady Kaira
None None4 years ago


Lois M.
Lois M4 years ago

I just love the stories that turn out like this one. Well done Officer Waskiewicz! Well Done!!

LMj Sunshine
James Merit4 years ago

Wonderful, thank you.