"Gracie was dying,” Harper said. "The vet gave her fluids and started warming her up.”
Harper has been devoted to rescuing dogs for years — he even got training as a law enforcement officer so that he could be first to the scene when police get reports of cases like this one.
“Gateway crimes are included with animal abuse, including child abuse, domestic violence, drugs, guns," Harper said.
The police usually aren’t specifically trained for dealing with animal cruelty. Harper and his cofounder started Justice Rescue with the aim to fill this gap. They trained in law enforcement and became special humane officers. Now they’re certified as crime scene investigators to help find abusers and provide district attorneys with evidence. Because of this, Harper has been able to help bust dogfighting rings, instead of waiting for the canine victims to surface somewhere first.