For most, it began like a normal day, just like any other — but not for Roxy.
Somehow the pup ended up in the middle of a California freeway, where a motorist hit and seriously injured her.
You could call it fate that Airport Police K-9 officer Havon McLeod was making his way to work at the exact same time, when he noticed cars ahead of him suddenly changing lanes and slowing down as they passed what appeared at the time to be a broken down vehicle or accident.
“McLeod stopped to see if help was needed when he discovered the backup was caused by a motorist who had accidentally struck a little dog,” reads a post on the Los Angeles Airport Police Facebook page, which recounts the whole story. “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, used a jacket to remove the pinned dog and then rushed Roxy to the nearby Westchester Veterinarian Center, the post said.
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The staff there examined the pooch — who was in really bad shape — and were able to identify and contact her family, thanks to info on her collar. But McLeod’s involvement didn’t end there.
Hours later he called to check on the pup and got some heartbreaking news: “Roxy would likely be put down because she needed extensive surgeries and her family couldn’t afford the medical procedures.”
That’s when McLeod and his team became “K-9 angels.”
“When Officer McLeod’s fellow Los Angeles Airport Police K-9 Unit officers heard the news, a quick decision was made to save Roxy,” the Facebook post said. “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, is now resting comfortably, the post said, and should make a full recovery, “thanks to her Airport Police K-9 angels,” as the Los Angeles Airport Police is calling them.
“We are proud of our officers’ dedication to the core value Service Before Self,” said Patrick Gannon, Deputy Executive Director for Public Safety, in an statement given to PEOPLE, “evident in the generosity and compassion they showed by helping to save the life of this family’s pet.”