Cop Saves a Puppy and Won’t Leave Until She is Safe

a cop saves a puppy

This cop saves a puppy. And here is how. Officer Kareem Garibaldi of the Lakeland Police Department was on patrol in a Florida neighborhood when he saved a small puppy after nearly running the Boxer/ Pit Bull mix over. Instead he picked the dog up and brought her back to the station with him to keep her safe. But with no chip or ID tag, and with no owner in sight and no one claiming the pooch, Garibaldi was left on his own with the puppy.


a cop saves a puppy


This cop saves a puppy by taking it upon himself to care for the lost puppy until he could find her owner, bringing her home with him after work. The next day, he resumed his search. He returned to the area where she had been found and posted photos to social media sites, but nobody claimed the mystery pup by the time Officer Garibaldi’s shift was complete at 7 AM. Despite his exhaustion after another 12-hour work day in a row, his third at the time, he refused to give up until he was sure the little orphan was safe.


He delivered her to the SPCA Florida for a wellness exam and quickly fell asleep from exhaustion in the waiting room with his cute, furry pup snoozing at his side. Connie Johnson, the safety net manager, arrived to work that morning and witnessed the heartwarming pair—big, tough Officer Garibaldi dozing next to the tiny stray puppy.

Johnson told The Dodo:

He was exhausted, the puppy was exhausted, and they were sleeping. It was one of those moments that just grab your heart. He was so determined to get her help. It clearly was a selfless thing to do. He wasn’t thinking about getting home to sleep. He was thinking about what he could do to help this puppy survive.

a cop saves a puppy

Officer Garibaldi spent 3 hours of his own personal time slipping in and out of sleep as he waited for vets to assess the puppy’s condition. Luckily enough, aside from some mites, she was found to be quite healthy, but the problem still remained—where was the poor little orphan to live without an owner coming to claim her?


Connie Johnson snapped the now famous photo of Garibaldi and his companion sleeping in the waiting room. Once it was posted to Twitter it spread rapidly across social media and went viral. Thousands commented on the kindness and generosity of the young officer. The puppy’s new-found internet fame would surely have gotten her adopted in no time, but as it turned out, that wouldn’t be necessary.

a cop saves a puppy



Officer Garibaldi returned to the police station with the little stray close behind him after her check-up. And it wasn’t long before the tiny cutie attracted the attention of the officers and staff of the department. One particular dispatcher fell in love with the pup and committed then and there to adopting her—which the dispatcher then named Hope.

This cop saves a puppy, and due to the kindness of Officer Garibaldi and the Lakeland Police Department, this puppy’s story is a happy one. He devoted his own time and efforts, after a third 12- hour shift none the less, to help an animal in need. He was a true hero to this animal, and thanks to him Hope has a new hope for a better future.

H/T to The Dodo

Featured Image via Connie Johnson/SPCA Florida 

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