A police officer in Pennsylvania helped an injured German Shepherd Dog get back home after the dog was involved in a car accident and ran away. South Londonderry Township Patrolman Nick Ague was called to the scene of the crash and learned that a dog had run away terrified by the experience. He decided to track the dog down, determined to bring her safely home.
“I own a German shepherd myself and I know how devastated I would feel if I never saw my dog again or knew my dog was struck by a car,” Officer Ague told ABC 27 News at the time.
Eventually, he found the German Shepherd named Mya lying in a field, exhausted and injured. She had badly scraped her paws from running on the asphalt. At first, the shepherd did not want to be approached. But after her owner arrived, she let Officer Ague near her. That’s when the officer did something remarkable.
He picked up the 75-pound shepherd and carried her for some distance she could be reunited with her owner. South Londonderry Township Police described the incident on their Facebook page:
“On Sunday, August 11, 2013, South Londonderry Patrolman Nick Ague went the extra mile to make sure a dog made it back home. Two dogs had run from a vehicle after it was involved in a crash on the east side of Palmyra. One was captured. The other, a German Shepherd, made it across town and past South Lingle Avenue. Eventually the dog made it to the area of the Lebanon-Dauphin County line where it was found. The dog was not willing to walk at this point, having suffered injuries to the pads on its paws. The injuries were presumably from the lengthy run on the asphalt and other terrain. Facing no other good options, Patrolman Ague carried the dog a long way back to the owner’s vehicle. Our Department salutes his efforts.”
The photo below of Ague carrying Mya went viral and received thousands of positive comments.
“You hear so much about them being called fur babies and people looking at dogs as members of their families,” Ague said of the online attention he received. “So a lot of them, knowing that’s how they are – I can see how this story would touch them in a way maybe other stories wouldn’t.”
Mya’s owner was very thankful that Officer Ague came to her dog’s rescue and Mya has fully recovered from her ordeal.
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