LAKELAND, Fla. (WFLA) – A Lakeland Police Officer is being praised for helping save a puppy who had been shot.
On Friday Feb. 26, Lakeland Police Officer Joel Mailly responded to a house for a domestic call, involving a man who had attempted to shoot his girlfriend. “The gentleman had fired shots at his girlfriend over a verbal disagreement, and she said she thought her dog may have been hit,” said Officer Mailly.
The woman was not hurt, but, one of the bullets hit her little puppy, now named Remington. The puppy had been shot in the leg, and his bone was completely broken. The woman couldn’t afford to treat the dog so she agreed to turn him over.
Officer Mailly pulled the puppy out from under the house where he was hiding, and lying in a pool of blood. “It was kind of curled up in a little hole. All I saw was the puppy, and blood. Of course I couldn’t leave it there. It broke my heart to see that the dog had been hurt,” said Officer Mailly.
The officer wrapped the puppy in a towel, and carried him to his patrol car, fearing the worst.
“I’m carrying it into the clinic, it’s licking my face, and of course melted my heart. I couldn’t turn it away. We needed to find a good home,” said Officer Mailly.
Dr. Hollister with Parkway Veterinary Emergency Clinic treated Remington’s injuries. Officer Mailly and his girlfriend fostered the puppy for three weeks, until he found his new home with Dan and Kim, a Lakeland couple.
News Channel 8 sat down with Remington’s new family, who says they couldn’t have found a better dog. “He just has a very sweet spirit,” said his new mom, Kim.
Dan says it was a chance encounter that brought the pup to them. He was at the vet’s office with his dog, and ran into Brittany, who had Remington with her. “They were getting some laser treatment,” said Dan. “The rest is kind of history. I called my wife and said ‘hey, what do you think?’ Because they couldn’t take the dog, they had a lot of dogs already.”
Nearly a month after the tragedy, Remington is thriving in his new home. “He plays, and he likes to cuddle up to my wife, or whoever is on the couch. He’s just a very gentle, very kind, loving dog. I mean, he’s just a good guy,” said Dan.
Remington still walks with a limp, and doesn’t put as much pressure on the injured (hind) leg. “He’s tough. You never hear him wimper. You can touch his leg and he doesn’t wimper. He’s putting more weight on it everyday, he’s getting stronger,” said Kim.
“He’s the sweetest thing, and we are so happy that he is going to have a nice, happy, healthy life,” said Officer Mailly.
Remington will soon have an x-ray done to see how everything is healing. He will also need another surgery to remove the pin holding his bone together.
As for the suspect in the shooting, he was later arrested and taken to jail.