Florida Police Officer Adopts Dog Hit by Car, Pays for Leg-Saving Surgery
A Florida dog has found a forever home with a police officer after nearly losing his leg in a car accident.
According to Local 10 News, who reported the story, Officer Erin Young found a young Pit bull/American/bulldog mix, now named Tango, near a middle school in Margate, Florida, with a broken front leg.
“There were two witnesses that saw him get hit by a car,” she told 10 News.
The officer spent nearly an hour with the dog, waiting for Broward County animal services to arrive, and it sounds like that’s when they started to bond.
Later, the dog’s owners were identified and they took him to an animal hospital to get treatment, the report said.
“I saw him being walked and he had his little cast on, so I stopped to see how he was doing and they said he was going to have his leg amputated on Wednesday because the owners couldn’t afford the surgery,” she said. “That just broke my heart. I didn’t want this poor puppy to lose his leg because no one would pay for it.”
Young came to find out that the dog’s owners surrendered Tango to animal control, so that’s when she made a big decision.
“I said that I would adopt him as well as pay for his surgery,” she said, adding that she believes fate brought them together. “I didn’t have to go help look for the dog, I chose to, and I’m glad I did, because it put us together.”