Imagine you’re a cop. It’s early on a Saturday morning and the sun hasn’t even risen yet. You’re on your beat, prepped for action. Suddenly, you hear a rustling from behind a corner. You prepare for the worst; who knows what’s about to emerge? And then, you see it. It’s not a criminal at all. It’s just a little, lost puppy dog looking for a friend! Well, if you’re Officer Kareem Garibaldi of Lakeland, Florida, you’re exactly what this dog is looking for. Rather than ignoring the sweet mutt, who is a mix of a pit bull and a Boxer, Officer Garibaldi took the pup under his wing and tried to keep her safe. But, with no collar, finding the pup’s home would prove to be a challenge.
After wandering the streets for a few hours with the stray to no avail, Officer Garibaldi dropped the pup off at the precinct before heading out to finish his beat. When nobody claimed the dog at the end of his shift, Garibaldi took the dog home with the intention of finding her owners the next day. But, as the next shift drew to a close, the cop was no closer to finding a home for this dog and realized that he had stumbled into a brand new heap of responsibility. Anyone else could have dropped the dog off at the pound, but not Officer Garibaldi. He headed to a local branch of the SPCA to get the dog checked out and waited patiently to make sure she was in good health.
Exhausted from their busy 48 hours, Officer Garibaldi and the puppy took the opportunity to catch some much-needed Z’s while waiting for the checkup.
But Officer Garibaldi couldn’t stop worrying about the plucky puppy and kept waking up to check on her and make sure she was alright.
When the exam happened, the puppy was found to be in excellent health, with the exception of a few mites. She was returned to the precinct where one of the dispatchers immediately fell in puppy love with her, named her Hope, and took her home to start a new life. None of this would have been possible without the efforts of Officer Garibaldi.
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