Police Officer Stays At Shelter Overnight With Stray He Rescued

Rescuing a stray puppy might not be a police officer‘s job, but some kind-hearted officers don’t roll in the hay for the work .
Some genuinely want to assist the small ones who can’t help themselves. Officer Kareem Garibaldi of the Lakeland local department in Florida is one among those wonderful people.

Officer Garibaldi worked an early morning shift one Saturday in May, 2016. As he drove his cruiser , he nearly saw alittle Pit/Boxer mix puppy. The 8 to 10 week old pup had no identification tags or collar and was just running around loose.


With no number to contact or address to return to, Officer Garibaldi took the look for the puppy’s family into his own hands. He traveled the neighborhood and posted pictures on social media sites subsequent day, hoping someone would recognize her. No luck.

Unable to locate any relations , he brought the pup to the LPD for food and heat until the top of his shift. No way would he leave her to defend herself.
At the top of his third consecutive day working 12 hour shifts, Officer Garibaldi knew he had more still to try to to for this pup. On his own day off the clock, he brought the dog to the SPCA Florida center for care and inspection.

Officer Garibaldi sat within the lounge from 8:45am to 12:00 p.m. while the vet checked the puppy out. The shelter’s safety net manager, Connie Johnson, happened upon the 2 that morning and took a now viral photograph.

“I couldn't resist taking this picture once I walked into the clinic at SPCA Florida this morning. Officer Kareen totally went out of his way after working all night to form sure this puppy was safe and sound. many thanks such a lot for all you do!! you're such an idea .”
The pauper clearly needed sleep after an extended weekend, but he had different priorities. The Lakeland local department shared the touching story on Facebook where it received plenty of rightful attention.

“It’s the kind-hearted officers like this that creates the Lakeland local department truly unique. Having worked an extended weekend, Officer Garibaldi still found the energy at the top of his shift to assist man’s ally .”
Johnson essentially echoed the department’s statement. She acknowledged how kindhearted the officer’s commitment to the present dog was.

“It clearly was a selfless thing to try to to . He wasn’t brooding about getting home to sleep. He was brooding about what he could do to assist this puppy survive. He actually awakened at one point just to ascertain if she was OK, then he went back to sleep.”

Thankfully, Officer Garibaldi’s efforts proved extremely valuable. The puppy ended up getting adopted later that day by a dispatcher. She now goes by Hope, an appropriate name.

The Lakeland local department noted that things like this happen all the time and just aren’t frequently documented.



“That is what happens with the officers in our department. numerous of them do such wonderful things to assist the community – but they're humble. They don’t roll in the hay for private recognition so it always goes unnoticed.”

Here’s to those unsung heroes like Officer Garibaldi who leave of their way for furry friends. Hope would surely thank him again if she could!

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