Bo and Officer Dan meet a fan at the Baltimore Humane Society. Photo from Baltimore Humane Society.
I remember reading about Officer Dan Waskiewicz's story here and it's great to see that sharing his story has resulted in Officer Dan receiving recognition from the Baltimore Humane Society and the city!
The Baltimore Humane Society honored Officer Dan for compassionate service this week for his actions in rescuing a Pit bull after responding to a call about a "vicious" dog on the loose this past May.
For those that don't know his story, Officer Dan arrived on the scene and and saw a Pit bull being chased by kids who were throwing glass bottles at him. He called the dog over to him, and the Pit bull came over, sat next to him and began licking him affectionately. After taking the dog to the Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter (BARCS), he ended up adopting the dog a few days later and named him Bo. The Baltimore Police Department interviewed Officer Dan this week and he recounts his and Bo's first meeting in detail (see the video below).
Officer Dan told WBALTV News, "I've always been a dog-lover. I've had dogs all my life, so coming across him was no problem," Officer Dan said. "He didn't need to be like euthanized or anything like that. He just needed somebody to basically love him."
Jen Swanson, Executive Director of the Baltimore Humane Society said, "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. The Baltimore Humane Society would like to acknowledge and award this wonderful police officer for his compassionate service."
Officer Dan is also a recent Cadete graduate. Congratulations Officer Dan!