Photo of police officer comforting a dog that was hit by car goes viral

Deputy Joshua Fiorelli of Florida law enforcement is making noise online. The dedicated deputy became viral on various social media site for fulfilling his duty to protect the safety and security of the general public. For Deputy Fiorelli, this huge responsibility is not only in service for his fellow humans but for dogs as well.

On a now viral photo, Deputy Fiorelli could be seen petting a distressed dog as it is laid on the grass blanketed by the policeman’s own jacket. Apparently, the poor dog was hit by a car and Deputy Fiorelli consoled and kept her warm as they were waiting for rescue to arrive.

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The heartwarming gesture of Deputy Fiorelli towards the poor dog touched the heart of a passerby. Carlos Irizzy was spending time with his pet on the road of Royal Palm Drive in Kissimmee when he saw Deputy Fiorelli selflessly giving up his jacket for the dog’s comfort. Being a dog lover himself, Carlos’ heart was moved by the sight so he decided to take a photo of the unsuspecting Deputy Fiorelli and the dog.

“This is something you don’t see every day.” Carlos Irizzy shared on an interview.

For Deputy Fiorelli, he was simply doing what is right, but for the other people, especially for animal lovers out there, what he did is nothing short of heroic.

“It was cold out. She was wet. She didn’t have anyone there so I dedicated to be that person.”

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Deputy Fiorelli has his undivided attention to the injured and distressed dog that he was oblivious of the bystander who was watching them. He couldn’t have the heart to leave the dog given her condition, so he decided to wait with her until help arrives. While doing this, the selfless and kind police officer also lent his jacket to keep the dog safe and warm.

“I know a lot of dogs become defensive when they get hurt. She was not defensive at all.” Deputy Fiorelli added.

The dog was left with a dislocated leg after the accident. As of now, the rescued dog is recovering and healing at Osceola County Animal Shelter. The shelter has been monitoring her condition and is giving her medications to ease her pain.

“It’s out of joint, her hip joint, so she’ll have surgery on Thursday to have that repaire.” The Shelter Director, Kim Staton, shared on an interview with Fox 13.

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The surgery and the injuries that the poor dog attained could have other complications, but the doctors are hopeful for her recovery. After all, the dog is already stable and is eating well.

Meanwhile the local shelter is trying to find her owner, sadly, the rescued dog was not wearing a collar nor a microchip. Hence, the rescue shelter finds it difficult to locate her master.

Deputy Fiorelli only wishes that the owner will be able to drop by the shelter and be united with the dog again. And by the time that happens, he would like to advise the owner to get a collar or a microchip so that the dog would never be lost anymore.

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“Keep an eye on them. They may only be a part of your life, but you’re their whole life. ” He advised.

Indeed, a dogs’ life is short. Approximately, dogs can live between 10 to 13 years old. And the time we spend together in between these years is what makes their life memorable. May we spend the most out of our limited time together to the fullest!

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