"A breed of satin and steel. Pit bulls are a mixture of softness and strength, an uncanny canine combination of fun, foolishness, and serious business, all wrapped up in love."

-D. Caroline Coile




Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Police Respond to Vicious Dog in Baltimore City

Great story from Modified K9 Blog:

Here at Mk9, we receive a lot of emails and messages about Pit Bull and Pit Bull type dogs. News reports and stories from all over. From both sides of the spectrum as well. The good, and the bad. When we find the ones we believe will do good to help further the education of the general public, we "Share" them with hopes that people will be influenced, and motivated to see Pit Bulls and their owners for what they are, and not what the Media would make them out to be.

Today, we received a rather interesting story from a gentleman in Baltimore. It was a story about a Vicious Dog call, and the Police Officer who answered it. The interesting part is, the gentleman who sent the story IS that Officer who answered the call. So here is the account, from the source;


Hey,

I'm a Police Officer in Baltimore City. I am originally from Wilkes-Barre, and I am a fan of your organization and Pit Bulls. Today I received a call while on duty about a vicious dog chasing kids. When I came on the scene, I noticed people yelling out their windows at the dog. I followed the dog into an ally to see how it was acting. Going on my own approach, being a dog lover, I got out of my car and called the "vicious dog" over to me. The dog came over with it's tail between it's 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. I brought the dog over and waited for the pound to show up. My partner was not a fan of dogs and was startled by my approach. I suggested to him that this dog cannot be put down, and should be taken to a shelter. We took it upon ourselves to take the dog to the shelter, and transported it in the back seat in the back of our patrol car. Then I decided that I wanted to keep the dog, and spoke to the shelter about the steps to take to adopt it. The dog was originally kept outside and was filthy, and now it just might have a new home. I know you like positive pictures so I have attached a few. Have a great day and keep up the good work!

Officer Dan Waskiewicz
Baltimore City Police




When we heard this story we could not help but SMILE, and maybe do a tail shake or two! :)

Then we got to thinking more about it. How awesome is this story! Not only does it have a happy ending to it, but there are also some major applause points:

Instead of assuming the dog to be vicious and shoot it dead, (as we see so many times before) he analyzes the situation, and sees a nervous dog that needs help.

Instead of letting animal control pick up the dog, and let it disappear, or be put down, he personally takes it to a shelter, IN HIS CRUISER!!!

Finally, he offers the pup a new forever home!

So we at Mk9 would like to say Thank You! Officer Dan, for taking the time to be patient and give a dog a chance. And step outside the stereo types and see this for what is was. A loose dog who was nervous, and needed someone to help. Not someone to yell at him and assume him to be dangerous.


Here is "Bo" with his new family. A perfect picture of a perfect ending or an amazing new beginning.


Photo by Dan Waskiewicz


42 comments:

  1. Way to go Dan! You truly are a hero!!

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  2. I love you Officer Dan Waskiewicz :o)

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  3. That is awesome and he is a happy dog! Thanks for rescuing another dog off the streets and seeing him for what he was and not a threat!

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  4. GOD BLESS YOU!!

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  5. I have to say this scenario scares me and is the reason I am so protective of my Pit Chico. My biggest fear is that he will get lost and either have a run in with a car or that people will see him and automatically be affraid, therefor sealing his fate in a unfavorable manner. He is a sweet and loyal dog and deserves my attention and most of all my PROTECTION, as do they all.

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  6. Too many people think that we (pit bulls) are natural borne killers. No pun intended. But all of you (Stupid stereotypers) think all we want to do is bite and kill others. NOT SO! Bad dogs weather pit bulls or a number of many other dogs are raised not borne. Stupid And lazy humans that want us (pit bulls) to make them money by fighting other dogs. We can't help that we are really good at what ever you (humans) train us to do. That is not our fault!!!!

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  7. You are Awesome!!!

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  8. Thanks Dan, great story!

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  9. I have to say, for the first time, I actually see a police officer that didnt murder a pitt on the streets, simply becuase he/she could. I hope he view these posts, as I wish I could personally talk to him, and tell him what a special thing he has done for animals, but especially for this BREED!!!
    Thank you very much for helping him,
    Tracie McDowell

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  10. That is a wonderful story!!!!!!! I love all doggies, but especially pits!

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  11. that is so amazing i love pits they are great dogs its stupid people who turn them bad

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  12. KUDOS to you Officer Dan!!! Kudos!

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  13. God Bless you Officer Dan...All your Dogs look greta and thanks for giving him a new life...a new home!

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  14. This is the best story! I delivered mail in a bad neighborhood where there were lots of Pits! I never had trouble with any of them! Even if they were raised mean I always treated them like my own and they couldn't wait for me to come every day. I carried treats and they all loved me! :-) I also inherited a Pit from my son, he looks identical to the dog in this story...especially the big smooch on officer Dans face! They love unconditionally and are just like any other animal with teeth! Thanks Officer Dan!!

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  15. As a Pittie lover and owner I say Thank You Officer Dan? You made a difference.

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  16. Holy crap - that second picture is the best picture ever.

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  17. This made me tear up! So happy this dog found a forever home and not another ignorant human who was quick to judge. :) Thanks Officer Dan!

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  18. Thank you Officer Dan ! Today is my birthday and your story made my whole day !! Congrats Bo !

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  19. Bless you, Dan:)

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  20. Fantastic!! This is a wonderful story.

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  21. There should be more police officers like you as well as just ordinary people with kind hearts for these poor pits.

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  22. Great story. You are a great person Dan and bo is lucky to have such a great person like you in his life..

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  23. I own 3 and all the kids on our culdesac love them! They're so sweet and smart. They jump on us adults when we play but are so gentle when all our kids come out to play. There are 4 under the age of 3!

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  24. Such a wonderful story. Amazing how a kind heart and a friendly hand can change a vicious dog story into a loving family pet story. My hat goes off to you Officer Dan!

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  25. This story actually made me cry tears of joy for Bo glad that officer dan was the responding officer can't help but believe it was fate

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    1. I'm with u I teared up also. Such a great story!!

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  26. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!! WHAT A TRUE HERO! More police should have this training! We would have alot less shot dog stories out there! What a TRUE hero!

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  27. Officer Dan, you are my HERO!!! Thank you so much for giving this misunderstood baby a loving home!

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  28. HERO all the way. My summation of what was happening is that the kids may have encouraged the dog to play. And pity's love to play. They play a little more energetically
    than most. Thanks officer Dan for seeing a life, before judging.

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  29. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! Look at the other dog on the couch!! His face is priceless! Dan, you ARE the man!!!

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  30. Will you marry me, Officer Dan? ;) I <3 this story!!

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  31. absolutely amazing and touching story! I am so happy that Bo has a new home and a great daddy!

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  32. What kindness & love Officer Dan Waskiewicz!!! So happy that you and Bo found each other!!!

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  33. Thank god for dog lovers and dogs!! I wish everyone had half the brain and heart this officer had!

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  34. sherry wellingtonJuly 19, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    OMG, we need more ppl in the world like him!!! What a wonderful guy!

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  35. Thanks Dan! Pits are such lovers and he looks like real sweetie. So glad you took him in :) God bless. -dez d

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  36. Heaven holds a place for you, Officer Dan. God does not overlook ANYTHING! So blessed that I took a few minutes to read about your love for animals!

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  37. All a Pitty owner can say is Bully!!!! You have to see past all the stories of any breeds wrong owners...pick your decade and you have a breed! Glad you have a new lifelong friend Officer Dan!!! Bo seems extremely happy licking your face off too!

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  38. As one police officer to another....thank you for taking the high road instead of allowing the dog to be taken to a pound...the people saying Chasing, probably didnt taje take the time to see that the dog was "playing" with the kids not "chasing"...thank you for providing a loving home to a deserving pittie...

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