February 17, 2016 Shaker Heights Ohio is not unlike anyplace else in the U.S.A. people call the Police for problems because they are unsure where else to turn. Such is the case of a family who was afraid to send their puppy to a shelter or risk it being abused. On February 16, 2016 the Shaker Heights Police Department Posted the following letter of thanks and photos to it’s Facebook page of a very happy ending to a potentially sad story.
Thanks for letting us create a happy ending!
A somewhat desperate and concerned resident took a chance and asked one of our officers for help yesterday. We are certain they knew this request wasn’t our responsibility, but they trusted that we would go the extra mile for them.
Some heartbreaking circumstance had required them to give up their family pet. Although they didn’t want to do this, they knew another home was the best for everyone. They explained they did not want to have their pet go to a shelter, nor did they want to risk having him fall into the wrong hands. Sometimes words cannot do justice for expressing what their concerns were, or how much they wanted someone they trusted to help them. Though not your typical request, we are glad they trusted us. After a tearful goodbye, Officer Laura Clague promised to find a better solution than the animal shelter or trusting a stranger.
Officer Clague gave this handsome little guy a ride back to the station to work on a suitable solution. Obviously this guy being in our house created a lot of commotion. While making phone calls about a suitable home, one of the other officers came through the station and noticed what was going on. As fate would have it, his family was already in the process of looking for a dog. After a phone call to the dog’s owner, they were very excited and pleased to learn that one of our officers was willing to take the dog home. They gave their blessing, and Officer Matt Dunn is now a proud new papa!
Yes we get a lot of strange requests for help every day. It can be amazing to see how much more than fight crime and conduct traffic enforcement that we do. We realize that doing our job isn’t always going to make people happy, but we are happy to know people trust us. Thanks for trusting us to do the right thing.
As always, call us if you need us.