Richmond Police Officer Karen Spencer-Boyles slammed on her breaks when she saw a dog in the middle of a busy road sitting next to another dog, who had been hit and killed by a car.
The dog was obviously upset at the loss of his friend and refused to leave his fallen companion's side.
Officer Spencer-Boyles stopped to help an upset dog who just lost his friend. Photo: Michelle Carrington
Fearing for the dog's safety, Officer Spencer-Boyles went to assist him. She could tell he was scared and broken-hearted and she feared he would be hit by a car if she didn't intervene.
She told WTVR in Virginia, "You could just tell he was scared. He just looked helpless. It’s kind of like if you had a friend and your friend had been hurt. He just stood by his friend.”
A woman who works nearby saw the officer's act of kindness and took a photograph. She was impressed by the officer's actions.
"A Richmond city police woman stopped because a dog was hit and his friend was beside him barking," Michelle Carrington. said. "She stopped and got him out of the road and soothed him."
Officer Spencer-Boyles said her own dog, Tex, was hit by a car a few years ago and if a Good Samaritan had not stopped and helped, Tex could have died. She knew she couldn't just drive by.
Officer Spencer-Boyles waited by the side of the road with the dog until Richmond Animal Care and Control came and picked him up.
They're calling him Guiseppe and believe he has a family. The young dog is neutered and wearing a flea collar. He will be held for 10 days before being put up for adoption. (Anyone who knows who "Guiseppe" should call 804-646-5573.)
"The one thing about dogs, is they’re always there for you,” Officer Spencer-Boyles said. And on this particular day, she was there for Guiseppe.
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