A few months ago, the telephone at the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s department rang. On the other side of the line was a concerned citizen who called for the help of the sheriff and deputy. Despite the case being very different from what they’re used to, the sheriff and his deputy treated it with utmost seriousness. The caller told them that he found a distressed dog buried in snow on the side of one of the county’s many gravel roads.
The sheriff and deputy weren’t obligated to respond to the dispatch. They could have passed the call on to the animal control, but they knew that the helpless doggo was waiting for their help.
The two quickly rushed to the scene and were totally heartbroken from what they saw next. Upon arrival, they saw a scared Pitbull female lying in a ditch on the side of the road. It was revealed to them that the dog wasn’t distressed, it was severely injured from being hit by a car. The car hit her with such force that it threw her in the air and into the snowy ditch she was now lying in. The heartless driver left the injured dog alone in the cold.
Deputy Howlett, who noticed how terrified and troubled the poor pooch was, took off his jacket and wrapped it around the dog to warm her up, while Deputy Beichner, tried to find the dog’s owners.
A man who drove passed the event pulled over to see if he could help, and was so touched by the sight the deputy nurturing the weak doggo, that he just had to snap a photo of it.
The photo was later sent to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s department, which decided to post it to their Facebook page and salute those who go out of their way to keep both animals and people safe. They uploaded the picture and added the caption: “During times that there seems to be negative press towards law enforcement, this shows a bit of compassion on the part of law enforcement and specifically our deputies. Sgt.
Chris Howlett seen comforting a dog that had been struck by a vehicle. She was reunited with her owners who are monitoring her condition. She sustained minor injuries but is expected to be okay,”
They only wanted to give the man and women who dedicate their lives to helping others a good pat on the back, but to their much surprise, their post quickly took the internet by storm. “It’s been a little overwhelming. To be honest, I’m not the type to be in the spotlight or to go looking for attention,” Deputy Howlett later told The Post-Journal.
After their post went viral, people started calling the department and asking for updates on the dog’s condition. This lead them to post a follow-up post for all the concerned people out there:
“**Update** The family has reached out to provide an update. Her name is Rogue and she is being evaluated by Veterinarians. She is doing well and hopefully we will back home by Monday. I am sure the family has greatly appreciated the outpouring of support from everyone”
The doggo thankfully returned to her owners. The identity of the driver of the hitting vehicle is yet to be discovered.
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