One afternoon on an 87 degree day, Deputy Earl Hanners was patrolling the streets of Atlanta, Georgia, as usual. His day took a turn when he was called to respond to a resident having concerns about an apparently abandoned puppy. The puppy had been shut in a box and dumped on the side of the road like garbage. A passerby discovered the box and was horrified to discover a young puppy inside. The Good Samaritan gave the puppy some water and placed the box in a position to provide shade from the hot Sun before dialing 911.
Officer Hanners was responding to a car accident when the call came through, so a colleague of his responded to the scene first. Officer Hanners drove down to help the poor pup once he wrapped up his car accident report.
The poor puppy was in the same spot and didn’t even try to leave.
Hanners instructed his colleague to not contact animal control, because he would take the pup to the vet personally. He named the young puppy Bridget after her check-up and took her home with him.
Officer Hanners gave Bridget some food and water and pondered his next move. There was just one problem: He was already developing feelings for her! How could he not? Look at that face. Officer Hanners fosters dogs and works with a local rescue group called ‘Hounds in Pounds’. Bridget isn’t his first rescue.
He has eight rescue Pugs living in his home. Before introducing Bridget to the others, he had to get her vaccinated and make sure none of his other pups would be put at risk of getting sick. It’s like the saying goes: One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. And Bridget is certainly a little furry treasure!