RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Ohio — A female pit bull turned out to be one lucky dog on Saturday (November 5), at a time when all hope for survival seemed lost.
At around 3:30 p.m. that day, according to a Richmond Heights police report, resident Brian Nych was walking his dog in the wooded area across from the Cuyahoga County airport when he spotted the emaciated pit bull lying down near a stream.
The pit bull was weak and, as police discovered, had difficulty standing.
Police Chief Thomas Wetzel, at the city council meeting on Tuesday (November 8), told council that when found the white pit bull “was practically dying”.
After receiving Nych’s call, Wetzel said: ‘We (police) had to take a short hike through (the woods) and (officers) encountered this dog, who was unwilling to let (the agents) come to him.
“They eventually coaxed him in, and they created a mounting system with ropes and stuff where they could get the dog to walk, but they couldn’t get too close.”
HRPD Sgt. Donald Stocum called VCA Great Lakes Veterinary Specialists, 4760 Richmond Road in Warrensville Heights. The veterinary clinic not only accepted the dog for care, but also offered to cover the cost of its treatment.
“(Officers) were able to put (the dog) in a police cruiser and transport him to VCA Veterinary in Warrensville Heights, and the vet clinic said they would (provide care) pro bono. Of course, we couldn’t pay (for the care), so they agreed to do it, and I commend them for that,” Wetzel said.
“(Officers) basically turned the cruiser into a canine ambulance, like a dog patrol, and they got that dog where it needed to be,” he said.
“The latest report we’ve had is that he’s recovering, believe it or not, because when you see (a photo of the dog when he was rescued) it looks awful.”
Police have not found an embedded microchip in the dog and its owner is still unknown.
Skate with a cop
Richmond Heights Police are teaming up with Euclid Police for the second year in a row to hold a skate with a cop event at Euclid’s CE Orr Arena, 22550 Milton Ave.
Residents of both cities are invited to skate free with police and firefighters from Richmond Heights and Euclid. The event is scheduled for 2-4 p.m. on December 10.
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