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Dog Abandoned In Park Goes Home With The Cop Who Saved Her

“We really wanted to give this dog a chance to know love and what a good home is."

Starving, injured and abandoned, a stray boxer-pit bull mix lay on the ground in a public park in Bloomington, Indiana. Passersby who stumbled upon her immediately called the local sheriff’s office to send help. For the onlookers, it was heartbreaking.

For Officer Jeff Ripley, it was love at first sight.

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Rosie Ahlberg

Within minutes, Rosie Ahlberg, Jeff’s fiancée, was driving back home with the dog, whom they named Daisy, in her backseat. The local animal shelter was closed for the day, and the poor dog had nowhere to go. The couple decided to house her for the night.

pit bull mix recovery
Rosie Ahlberg

Ahlberg, a regular volunteer at the City of Bloomington Animal Care and Control shelter, brought Daisy into the shelter as soon as possible. After cleaning up some open wounds and soothing some burns, they diagnosed her with a torn ACL, a torn meniscus, a luxating patella and, likely, years of emotional abuse. Then they tracked down her former owner — the fourth one Daisy, who is only a few years old, had had in her short life.

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Rosie Ahlberg

The owner said Daisy had been hit by a car in April, and they now wanted nothing to do to her.

For Ahlberg and Ripley, this was the perfect opportunity to show Daisy that she was loved.

pit bull mix recovery
Rosie Ahlberg

“Jeff has a big heart for animals,” Ahlberg explained. The couple already owned a rescue dog and two cats, and the decision to adopt another pet was a big one. 

But after seeing how well she got along with the other animals in their home, the couple couldn’t resist adopting her. “We really wanted to give this dog a chance to know love and what a good home is,” Ahlberg said.

pit bull mix recovery
Rosie Ahlberg
pit bull mix recovery
Rosie Ahlberg

Daisy quickly got comfortable in her new home. Just weeks after her adoption, she’s already comfortable with getting pet, doesn’t quiver when hearing loud noises and gets along famously with the other animals.

“There’s less space in the bed, but she’s such a kind dog and deserves it,” Ahlberg said.

pit bull mix recovery
Rosie Ahlberg

“Whenever I leave for school in the morning, I look up from my driveway and see Daisy’s head pressed against the bedroom window,” Ahlberg added. In the few weeks it’s taken for her to adjust to her new home, Daisy’s affection for her family has become apparent.

pit bull mix recovery
Rosie Ahlberg
pit bull mix recovery
Rosie Ahlberg

While things are certainly looking up for Daisy, she is still in dire need of surgery to repair her injuries.

pit bull mix recovery
Rosie Ahlberg
To help Daisy recover, you can visit her GoFundMe page.