Los Angeles Airport Police Put their money where their heart is

LAPD Airport Police found an injured dog on the road and brought it for emergency care, when the treatment was found to be cost prohibitive, the Officers paid for the treatment to save the dog.

Officers from the Los Angeles Airport found a dog that had been injured on the roadway and brought It to a vet for emergency treatment. They contacted the owners of the dog and later checked to see how the dog was doing. 

They sadly learned that the cost of treatment was very expensive and that the owners would not be able to afford the treatment so the dog would have to be put down. The Officers decided that they would pay for the treatment to save the dog out of their own pockets. The dog is expected to make a full recovery.  This amazing story was posted to the Los Angeles Airport Police  Facebook page and is as follows:


(Los Angeles, California – May 31, 2016) It was a day like any other as Airport Police K-9 Officer Havon McLeod made his way to work. Driving through the typically busy, Los Angeles afternoon freeway traffic, McLeod noticed cars ahead of him suddenly changing lanes and slowing down as they passed what the K-9 Officer initially thought was a broken down vehicle or traffic accident in the middle of the freeway.

Activating the emergency lights on his new Chevy Tahoe, K-9 Unit, McLeod stopped to see if help was needed when he discovered the backup was caused by a motorist who had accidently struck a little dog. Officer McLeod immediately jumped into action and assessed that the dog was seriously injured and wedged under the vehicle clinging to life. McLeod and the motorist, a United Airlines pilot and dog enthusiast, used a jacket to safely remove the pinned animal and then rushed the four legged patient to nearby Westchester Veterinarian Center.

The professionals at the Center examined “Roxy,” identified by the collar she was wearing, and contacted her family. A few hours later Officer McLeod called to check on the little patient and was told that Roxy would likely be put down because she needed extensive surgeries and her family couldn’t afford the medical procedures.

When Officer McLeod’s fellow Los Angeles Airport Police K-9 Unit officers heard the news, a quick decision was made to save Roxy. Officers Havon McLeod, Roger Denniston, Michael Garzon, Efren Orlanes, Eric Williams and Luis Zenteno pitched-in collecting $400 to pay Roxy’s medical expenses, generously reduced by the staff of Westchester Veterinarian Center. Roxy underwent surgery and is now resting comfortably and she is expected to make a full recovery, thanks to her Airport Police K-9 angels.


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