As the officer rode his motorcycle on a U.S. 71 off-ramp yesterday morning, he saw two stray dogs — a Husky and a German Shepherd — standing in a grassy area alongside the busy freeway.
The officer contacted animal control. Then, instead of just driving off, he sat down beside the dogs, petting them and preventing them from running into traffic.
Debbie Downs happened to see the officer performing his good deed. She snapped a photo that has gone viral.
“As I pull up, it’s a motorcycle cop sitting in the cold grass with two stray — or what appears to be stray dogs, just sitting there petting them,” she told FOX 4. “It’s over and above for anyone. Most people wouldn’t look twice at some dogs running around.”
“Love this!” wrote the Kansas City Missouri Police Department, which shared the photo on its Facebook page.
The dogs were taken to KC Pet Project, a local shelter. Neither one was microchipped, and a phone number on the Husky’s tag was outdated. Fortunately, their concerned pet parents, Austin and Ashley Mozingo, had contacted local shelters after the dogs escaped from their yard Monday night. They soon were reunited with the lucky pair.
KC Pet Project spokeswoman Tori Fugate told KCTV the shelter wants the officer to be recognized for going out of his way to save the dogs.
Their pet parents are very grateful and feel the same way.
“It’s good to know there are still police officers out there who still enjoy helping out the community, especially in helping out such sweet dogs,” Austin Mozingo told FOX 4.
Photo via Facebook