He might be usually chasing hardened criminals and preventing crime, but when a Florida police officer spotted a dog that had been seriously injured, he just had to stop and help.
By, 14 Aug 2019
Deputy Joshua Fiorelli discovered the injured dog alone and in agonising pain after being hit by a car. He sat with her and comforted her, wrapping his police jacket around her to keep her warm and comfortable. Although the dog must have been terribly frightened and in excruciating pain, she didn’t become defensive with the friendly cop. It seemed that she just wanted someone to help her.
Dedicated to helping injured dog
Deputy Fiorelli stayed with the injured dog, gently petting her until help arrived. He told WFTV:
"It was cold out. She was wet. She didn’t have anyone there so I dedicated to be that person. I know a lot of dogs become defensive when they get hurt. She was not defensive at all."
UPDATE ON DOG RESCUED BY Osceola County Sheriff's Office DEPUTY Fiorelli: I went to visit Fiona (named in honor of Fiorelli) and she is doing well. She is in therapy & needs another surgery but surprised us by standing on her own for the first time ❤ Thanks to our loving staff at Osceola County Animal Services for taking such wonderful care of Fiona! I will continue to keep you updated on her progress.Posted by Viviana Janer for Osceola on Saturday, December 29, 2018
Taken to animal shelter
The injured dog was taken to Osceola County Animal Shelter and after surgery for a dislocated leg, she made a good recovery.
Unfortunately, the dog wasn’t microchipped and the shelter was unable to trace her owners. Deputy Fiorelli hopes the story will encourage other owners to microchip their dog.
"Keep an eye on them. They may only be a part of your life, but you’re their whole life,” he said.
For his kindness, Officer Fiorelli received a Compassionate Police Department Award.
Fiona needs a new home
The staff at the animal shelter have called the dog Fiona and are now looking to find her a wonderful new home in Florida.
Fiona seeks adopter!
VOLUME ⬆️ Fiona has a story to tell..🗣 Regardless of the fact that Fiona has been featured on the news and several other social media outlets, she still sits at Osceola County Animal Services waiting for the right family to notice her.💔 This special girl has been through so much as you can hear her full story in the video. As much as the shelter staff has grown to love her, she truly deserves a home of her own.🏡 Fiona needs help finding an adopter in Florida who will provide the love and care she is beyond worthy of.🐾 Adopting is such a rewarding experience and we encourage you to take a chance on one of these amazing shelter dogs like Fiona.🐶 ➡️If you are interested in adopting Fiona please contact the shelter directly at 407-742-8000. ➡️Or if you are considering fostering Fiona or any other of our available dogs, please fill out our foster screening form: https://www.mettarescuefamily.org/fosterPosted by METTA Rescue Family on Wednesday, May 15, 2019
We hope Fiona finds a new home very soon.