Officer Kareem Garibaldi, from Florida's Lakeland Police Department, found the lonely little pit-bull-boxer mix wandering through a neighborhood while on patrol in the early hours of Saturday morning. Since she wasn't wearing a collar, the officer wasn't able to track down her owner. So, instead, he took her back to the station and later home with him when his shift ended.
The next day, he tried once again to find the puppy's owner, but again to no avail. But when Garibaldi finished work this time, he did more than make sure she was safe.
First thing in the morning, after his third 12-hour shift in as many days, Garibaldi brought the puppy to the SPCA Florida for a checkup. Upon arriving to work, the shelter's safety net manager, Connie Johnson, was touched to see just how dedicated the officer was to the little dog under his care.
"I walked in, and that's when I saw him and the puppy," Johnson told The Dodo. "He was exhausted, the puppy was exhausted, and they were sleeping. It was one of those moments that just grab your heart. He was so determined to get her help."