Last week, pitbull fans and dog lovers across the world were saddened to learn that a young pitbull-like dog, Lennox, had been destroyed in Northern Ireland due to a “dangerous breeds” law — despite international offers to re-home the beloved pet abroad where his breed did not violate any laws.
Despite worldwide outcry, Lennox’s plight did not move city officials, and although the pup had never attacked anyone, he was put down. But this week, there is some better news about a “dangerous” pup in need, some judgmental residents, and the kindness of Baltimore Police Officer Dan Waskiewicz.
Waskiewicz was one of two officers responding to a report of a naughty dog terrorizing residents in a residential neighborhood. When the cops arrived on scene, residents were shouting at the pup. Waskiewicz and his partner approached the strange beast, and what happened next is definitely a fairytale puppy adoption story.
“I’m a Police Officer in Baltimore City. I am originally from Wilkes-Barre, and I am a fan of your organization and Pit Bulls. Today I received a call while on duty about a vicious dog chasing kids. When I came on the scene, I noticed people yelling out their windows at the dog. I followed the dog into an ally to see how it was acting. Going on my own approach, being a dog lover, I got out of my car and called the “vicious dog” over to me.”
Then the dog bit his face off, and they think it was on bath salts. Kidding! This is what happened:
“The dog came over with it’s tail between it’s legs and panting. I grabbed my water bottle and the dog sat down next to me and began licking my pants. I started giving the dog water. I brought the dog over and waited for the pound to show up. My partner was not a fan of dogs and was startled by my approach. I suggested to him that this dog cannot be put down, and should be taken to a shelter. We took it upon ourselves to take the dog to the shelter, and transported it in the back seat in the back of our patrol car.”
But shelters are crowded, and the dog was perhaps going to be one of the many marked for death. Waskiewicz changed his mind, and explains:
“Then I decided that I wanted to keep the dog, and spoke to the shelter about the steps to take to adopt it. The dog was originally kept outside and was filthy, and now it just might have a new home!”
Waskiewicz enclosed a few pics, which you can see above. Do you think pitbulls are treated inhumanely and wrongly viewed as violent?