Stray animals are a major problem in most large cities. Cast-offs and products of indiscriminate breeding, they roam the streets and can easily turn vicious.
Most high-density areas sport shelters overrun with dogs and cats. Unfortunately, the worst counties are inundated with low-interest breeds, especially pit bulls and bully breed mixes.
This makes it incredibly difficult to adopt out any of the pups, as they tend to look the same to prospective adopters. The adopters have no doubt heard horror stories about these “dangerous” breeds.
It also makes it difficult to bring more strays in off the streets, since there is simply no more room to house them. That results in homeless pets remaining homeless and starving on the streets.
But one cop was ready to step up and do his part when he heard about a stray dog wandering near a school.
In the current climate, the appearance of cops can cause concern. People wonder where they’re going, why they’re headed that way, and what’s going on.
Those initial concerns crossed the minds of some at a Fresno school when they noticed a police car stationed across the street.
But when they saw Officer William McCarty cautiously approaching the dog and offering it a bite to eat, they were relieved.
Apparently, locals were familiar with the dog. Despite the dog’s rough and tough appearance and pit bull features, he was known as being friendly.
He was also starving. His ribs poked out beneath his lifeless coat and made him look scrappy as well as potentially vicious.
The desperate dog had been scrounging around for food, eating trash and even chowing down on rodent roadkill.
Officer McCarty had spotted the dog and then gone to buy some proper food, feeding the hungry stray a full bowl of kibble and then pouring another.
Those who were nearby noticed and applauded his efforts. Solis, a truancy officer who has been with the school for nearly two decades, saw the good deed and snapped the photo that eventually went viral.
“It was cool to see the officer do that,” he said. “You know, usually when the kids see an officer, they think something bad happened. Some of the parents had stopped and were worried.”
“But then we saw the kind gesture. It was real heart-warming.”
Thanks to this officer, a hungry dog has had a good meal. Perhaps all this media attention will eventually lead to the dog being taken in by another caring soul.
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