A touching act of compassion by a Kansas City cop has gone viral on social media: A KC cop was caught on camera comforting two dogs who got lost until help could arrive. A passerby snapped a picture and posted it on Facebook, and since then, it’s blown up.
Debbie Davis was driving along a busy stretch of road in Kansas City when she spotted a police officer sitting on a grassy hill near the highway, according to WDAF. She saw him petting and comforting two dogs.
“As I pull up, it’s a motorcycle cop sitting in the cold grass with two stray — or what appears to be stray dogs, just sitting there petting them.”
Debbie would later find out that the dogs had somehow gotten lost from their home, according to KFOR (Oklahoma City). The police officer sat there – in the cold – and petted and comforted them until animal control officers could pick them up and take them to the pound.
“It’s cold. Most people wouldn’t look twice at some dogs running around.”
Debbie posted the photo of the cop and his new dog friends on Facebook, and within hours, it had gathered thousands of “likes” and “shares.”
Unfortunately, dogs who get lost rarely make it home safe and sound. Petfinder reports that only about 22 percent of lost dogs ever get reunited with their families (the figure for cats is even worse: only 2 percent).
Still, sometimes lost dogs will defy all odds and wind up returned to their families after journeys of hundreds – or even thousands – of miles. A particularly impressive case is that of Cooper, a bulldog from Florida who was reunited with his family after being found 1,500 miles away in New Hampshire, according to this Inquisitr report.
Fortunately for the dogs and their owners, the story has a happy ending. The dogs’ owners, Austin and Ashley Mozingo, found them – forlorn and confused, but no worse for wear – at KC Pet Project.
“I think that’s an awesome story. It’s good to know there are still police officers out there who still enjoy helping out the community, especially in helping out such sweet dogs.”
As for the Kansas City cop comforting the lost dogs in the picture, he declined to go public with his name, or to talk about the story.
[Image courtesy of: KFOR]