Officer Dan Waskiewicz of the Baltimore Police Department received a call in May regarding a “vicious” Pit Bull that was chasing after children.
When Waskiewicz and his partner arrived at the scene, people were yelling out their windows at the stray dog, who retreated into an alley.
“Going on my own approach, being a dog lover, I got out of my car and called the ‘vicious dog’ over to me,” Waskiewicz wrote in a May 20 message to the Modified K9 Blog. “The dog came over with its tail between its legs and panting. I grabbed my water bottle and the dog sat down next to me and began licking my pants. I started giving the dog water.”
Although his partner was “startled” by his approach (unfortunately, it’s commonplace for police to deal with “vicious” dogs by shooting them), he agreed with Waskiewicz’s suggestion that they take the dog to a shelter to prevent him from being euthanized by animal control.
The officers did just that, letting the stray ride in the back seat of their patrol car. In photos that are now going viral on Facebook, the Pit Bull did indeed attack Waskiewicz – but it was with grateful smooches.
“I decided that I wanted to keep the dog, and spoke to the shelter about the steps to take to adopt it,” Waskiewicz wrote. “The dog was originally kept outside and was filthy, and now it just might have a new home.”
The stray, since named Bo, does now have that new home. He is living happily furever after with Waskiewicz and his other dogs.
Hopefully cases like this will encourage the repeal of an Maryland court ruling earlier this year that will label all Pit Bulls and Pit Bull mixes in the state as “inherently dangerous.”