For Edith Williams, from the advocacy group Idaho for Non Lethal Canine Encounter Training, the seeds of that happy ending were planted a year earlier.
In 2014, she attended a canine encounter class in Boise, Idaho, offered by Jim Osorio of Canine Encounters Law Enforcement Training. A lieutenant from the Meridian Police Department was also in that class.
"He took what he learned there, and taught all their officers, and a year later, this incident that is now going viral happened," she tells the Dodo. "This is a story that has come full circle."
The incident provides a refreshing contrast to a spate of police and dog encounters ending fatally for the dogs.
Instead of resulting in a police officer villainized on social media - and a police department facing a potential lawsuit - this incident is being hailed as a model for police and dog relations.
"It's almost like there is a sense of hope in this environment of anti-law enforcement that is on a national platform right now," says Williams, who unearthed the video through a public information request. "This video reaches a lot further than animal advocacy - it reaches the public."