A police officer has changed the life of a homeless puppy for the better. The stray pup had nobody to look after her, but then she was found by the kind cop while he was on duty. Officer Kareem Garibaldi, from Florida’s Lakeland Police Department, came across the pit-bull-boxer mix on a neighborhood while on patrol. Since she had no collar on, the officer couldn’t track down her owner. So, he took her back to the station and home with him when his shift ended.

The next day, he tried to find the puppy’s owner, but he had no success. So when he finished his work, he did more than what was asked of him and took the puppy to the SPCA Florida for a check-up. After his third 12-hour shift, he was exhausted, but he was fully dedicated to the little pooch under his care. Garibaldi continued to wait while vets assessed the dog for three hours. She was found to be in good health except for some mites.

Garibaldi took the puppy to his police station, where a dispatcher saw her and fell in love. Now named Hope, she was adopted that very same day. Garibaldi’s selfless act of kindness gave this little girl a chance at life, and he has been gaining a lot of praises for it online. “It’s the kindhearted officers like this that makes the Lakeland Police Department truly unique,” his colleagues wrote on Facebook. “Having worked a long weekend, Officer Garibaldi still found the energy at the end of his shift to help man’s best friend.”

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