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Police Officer Responds to ‘Vicious Dog’ Call, Ends Up With New Best Friend

March 24, 2014

Officer Waskiewicz and Bo. Photo courtesy of Baltimore Humane Society.

Posted on February 26, 2014 by

When Baltimore Police officer Dan Waskiewicz responded to a ‘vicious dog’ call, what he found instead was a new best friend!

When he arrived on scene, officer Waskiewicz found a frightened, obviously neglected pit bull, being chased by children that were yelling and throwing bottles at him. He called the scared dog over, his tail tucked between his legs and panting heavily, and offered him some water. The so-called ‘vicious dog’ quickly sat down beside him and began licking his pants. Realizing the pit bull was no threat, he put the dog into his squad car – that’s when the real kisses began!

Rather than call animal control, who Waskiewicz feared would euthanize the affectionate dog, he drove him to the local animal shelter himself. During the ride, the pit bull sat beside him, smothering him with kisses before curling up in the seat beside him and taking a nap.

A few days later, the officer, an avid animal lover, returned to the shelter to check on the dog he rescued. Because he had still not been claimed, Officer Waskiewicz adopted the dog himself, named him Bo, and gave him a wonderful forever home with his two other dogs!

Officer Waskiewicz’s kindness earned him a certificate of appreciation from Baltimore Humane Society.

Baltimore Humane Society’s Jen Swanson told CBS DC that far too often, officers respond to these types of calls with violent action. “But when Dan Waskiewicz answered the call he first observed the situation calmly before he acted. We believe he deserves high praise and is truly an asset to the animals and citizens of the city he serves.”

Thank you, Officer Waskiewicz, from the bottom of our hearts to the tips of our tails.

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We thank you so much
Officer dan
For doing the very
Best you can.
To all of us”vicious” dogs…
You are the man 🙂

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

30 Comments leave one →
  1. hocuspocus13 permalink
    March 24, 2014 11:48 am

    Reblogged this on hocuspocus13.


    • March 24, 2014 4:16 pm

      Thank you!


      • hocuspocus13 permalink
        March 25, 2014 5:09 am

        I related because something very similar just happened to me

        I was walking my dog, she’s a pit bull terrier, 1 1/2 years old

        and my neighbors dogs got out and decided to follow us

        the Drs office saw my neighbors 2 pit bull dogs running loose and thought me and my dog was getting attacked

        my neighbors dogs are completely sweet and friendly and nobody was getting attacked

        but the cops answered the call

        and the cop handled the situation perfectly by keeping calm and talking to me to learn the dogs were no threat

        the cops got the owner of the dogs to pick them up and all was good

        keeping calm…was the key

        and your welcome



  2. March 24, 2014 11:52 am

    Reblogged this on Samina's Forum for police support and commented:
    Police officers are our everyday heroes and we honor them for protecting us all.


  3. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    March 24, 2014 12:01 pm

    We thank you so much
    Officer dan
    For doing the very
    Best you can.
    To all of us”vicious” dogs…
    You are the man 🙂


  4. March 24, 2014 12:14 pm

    Its all in how you treat them…and this is proof. Great Post 🙂


  5. March 24, 2014 12:14 pm

    An officer who truly protects and serves. May he stay safe and, with his beloved dogs, live happily ever after. I feel so sorry for the children who were chasing and throwing things at the poor dog. Too many parents neglect instilling their children with loving compassion. Perhaps because they don’t have it themselves — most unfortunate for them and for our society.


  6. March 24, 2014 12:32 pm

    Reblogged this on Wolf Is My Soul and commented:
    A synshi


  7. David Scott permalink
    March 24, 2014 1:36 pm

    We need more officers like you, sir. God bless you and Bo.


  8. March 24, 2014 1:39 pm

    You know that the only reason animals are “vicious” is because they are being threatened or abused. In all my life (and my husband’s) we have only come across one dog that we would consider vicious, and that one had brain damage. I have seen some dogs I would consider intimidating, but those were because of their size and that they were there to protect their owner’s properties. Kudos for the officer for stepping forth and doing what was right!


  9. Greg Villers permalink
    March 25, 2014 2:19 pm

    Dan. You’re the man. Well done mate.


  10. March 28, 2014 12:17 pm

    He is a wonderful human being. God Bless them both~


  11. March 28, 2014 6:46 pm

    Followed & on my blog roll!


  12. freedomveg permalink
    April 22, 2014 5:53 am

    Reblogged this on freedomveg.


  13. April 26, 2014 7:36 pm

    This was a wonderful story! There are more dog lovers in uniform than the public knows about. Keep up the great posts.


  14. May 12, 2014 9:30 am

    There’s a Biblical Truth in this story. How often do we judge the outer appearance without first getting to know the heart of the individual? This is an example of prejudice, lumping all into the same pile and stating “All xxxx are bad.” God always looks at the heart of us, not the outer shell. How wonderful for this kind hearted officer and I so appreciate you for relating what so many of us need to hear. Blessings my dear friend,


    • May 12, 2014 11:52 am

      Wonderful! That is so true. Thank you so much for your insightful and compassionate message, Ellie, I greatly appreciate your support!


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