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Elderly Woman Had No Idea What To Do After Cat Died, So Kind Police Officer Came To Console Her


Losing a pet is always difficult, no matter how many you’ve had or how expected their passing is. There’s a hole left that no other pet can fill, and it takes time and support to heal.

But if you have no one to turn to, no shoulder to lean or cry on, losing a pet can be terribly overwhelming. One woman in Rome, Georgia, recently lost one of her two cats.

Grief-stricken and not sure what to do, she called a familiar emergency number. The 911 dispatcher was very kind and understanding as the woman told her story.

“I’m 61 years old,” the woman can be heard saying on the recording. “I don’t have any family at all, except these two cats, and I really don’t know what happened to this one.”

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“But I don’t know who to call. I’m sorry. You guys don’t have to come and check on me,” she assured the dispatcher. “I’m OK.”

“OK. That’s all right, ma’am,” the dispatcher told her. “I know you’re upset.”

“Well… She’s just you know my pet,” the elderly woman continued. “But… but I’m OK. I just didn’t know who to call. And I don’t have anyone to call.”

The sadness of the situation was doubled by the fact that not only had the woman lost a dear pet, she also had no one to turn to. Her cats weren’t just her pets — they seemed to be her only friends.

Realizing the severity of the situation, the dispatcher had an officer go out to check up on her, just in case. Officer Dylan Wright ended up answering the call, and his actions have since been applauded.

“We commend Officer Dylan Wright who was recently dispatched to respond to an elderly female calling 911 who was very distraught over finding her cat deceased when she came home,” the Rome Georgia page posted on March 7. “She told the 911 operator she had no idea of what to do with her cat.”

“Dylan responded to the location offering comfort to the woman and realized the female lived alone and apparently had no immediate family. He left the location and went to Walmart and bought a shovel with his own money, then returned to the home where he dug a hole and buried the ladies’ cat for her.”

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“His actions speak volumes to his character; having enough compassion and commitment to help ease the burden of someone he just met! Thank you Dylan Wright for your commitment to public service!”

Wright’s compassion has spoken loud and clear, and many have thanked him for going out of his way to ease the broken-hearted woman’s sorrow.

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
Austin, Texas
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