Amber was violently attacked by her owner. The Deputy who rescued her will be adopting her.
A dog who was viciously attacked by her owner will be adopted by the St. Johns County deputy who rescued her.
Amber, a Border Collie-Labrador Retriever mix, had her throat slashed and was stabbed multiple times by Randall Bryen Hart. The man's roommates witnessed the violent incident and reported it to deputies and Deputy Dan Sorrells and animal control officers came to their home to investigate.
Hart was arrested and charged with animal cruelty. He told deputies at the scene that Amber had to be "put down" for attacking a kitten. His roommates said that the dog and kitten were playing when Hart suddenly snapped. He dragged Amber outside and began to stab her.
One of the men heard her cries and went to help the wounded dog but Hart threatened him to "back off" and he was afraid to intervene. Hart then dragged Amber howling into the woods behind their mobile home. The witnesses told Deputy Sorrells it appeared that Hart might have been trying to bury the dog and they assumed Amber was already dead.
Deputy Sorrells searched for Amber and folllowed a trail of blood for around 45 minutes, until he found her. He called to her and she responded. "She walked right over to me," Dan told the Florida Times Union. "She showed no aggression."
Deputy Dan Sorrells with Amber at the vet hospital. Photo: Bruce Lipsky/The Times-Union
Amber was rushed to Atlantic Veterinary Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, where she is now recovering from her wounds. Hart relinquished ownership of Amber and is currently in jail.
Meanwhile, Deputy Sorrells wants to give the 4-year-old a new home with his family. He plans to pay her medical bills and adopt her. She will join Deputy Sorrells and his family's two other rescue dogs. He said, "This dog will fit in perfectly with them."
The video below shows Deputy Sorrells visiting with Amber at the vet hospital.
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