A Florida police officer is getting praise for darting into a busy interstate to rescue a dog that had just been hit by a car.
In Florida, a police officer is being called a hero for his quick thinking and actions. He ran onto a busy interstate and rescued a dog that was just struck by an automobile.
Officer Joseph Puglia of the Pinellas Park police said that his heart “really sank until I started seeing him breathing.” The incident took place on Monday when the dog wandered out onto Interstate 275.
You can see Puglia stopping his vehicle within moments after the dog got hit. Video from his dashcam shows the moment that he saved the dog. Puglia then wrapped the dog in an emergency blanket, placed him in the SUV and notified dispatch.
“The team at the Pinellas Animal Hospital was notified of the incident by our communications department and they were awaiting Ofc. Puglia’s arrival,” wrote the Pinellas Park Police Department on Facebook.
Fortunately, the dog only has minor cuts and bruises.
“After some medical examinations, the dog is expected to make a full recovery. The owner has not yet been located due to the dog not having a microchip or tag.”
The dog is now at the county’s animal shelter and has been nicknamed Lucky. If the dog is not claimed, Puglia’s family members are prepared to take him.
“This incident is just another example of the dedication and compassion our officers have for our four-legged friends. Great job to Ofc. Puglia.”